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U.S. top jackpots roaring for this weekend's drawing

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Published on Friday, May 17, 2024

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The PowerballŪ and  Mega MillionsŪ jackpots, two popular U.S. lotteries, continue to heat up this spring, with this weekend's games worth an estimated $470 million combined.

The first game is tonight's Mega Millions draw. Robust sales have increased the jackpot to an estimated $393 million (or $182.9 million cash option) to be held on Friday, May 17, 2024.

Mega Millions tickets are available for purchase on the lottery website for those living in the U.S.

Those living abroad, from any nationality, can play Mega Millions or any of the other international lotteries on The Lotter website.

The jackpot continues to rise, since no ticket matched all six numbers on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, with the white balls 13, 19, 43, 62, and 64. Also included are the gold Mega Ball 6 and the Megaplier 3X.

Tonight's drawing will be conducted as usual at the WSB-TV studio in Atlanta, Georgia, at 11 p.m. ET. Soon afterward, the draw video will be available on the Mega Millions website.

Mega Millions tickets cost about $2 per play. Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers - five different numbers from 1 to 70 (the white balls) and one number from 1 to 25 (the gold Mega Ball) - or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick.

Players win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing. Also, there are a total of nine ways to win a prize in this lottery, ranging from the jackpot down to $2.

Mega Millions jackpot winner will have the choice of a Cash Option or an Annual Payout. Annuity option: Provides for an initial annual payment followed by 29 annual payments.

The second major game of the weekend is Powerball, which has an estimated jackpot of $77 million (or $36.2 million cash) for the next drawing on Saturday, May 18, 2024.

The Powerball tickets are available for purchase for those living in the U.S. on its website.

Those living abroad, from any nationality, can play Powerball or any of the other international lotteries on The Lotter website.

The jackpot rolled when no ticket matched all six numbers chosen on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, with white balls 19, 42, 45, 55, and 69. In addition to the red Powerball 6 and the 2X multiplier.

Powerball drawings are broadcast live at 11 p.m. ET from the State of Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee.


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The jackpot grows until it is won. Players win a prize by matching one of the 9 ways to win. The jackpot is won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball.

Powerball costs about $2 per play. To play, people should select five numbers between 1 and 69 for the white balls, then select one number between 1 and 26 for the red Powerball. People can choose the numbers on a play slip or let the lottery terminal randomly pick the numbers.

Jackpot winners may choose to receive their prize as an annuity, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump-sum payment. Both advertised prize options are before federal and jurisdictional taxes.

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The views or opinions expressed in this article are the sole and exclusive responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinion of A.M. Costa Rica.



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