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Friday, January 5, 2018

 

Over $1 Billion in Jackpots! Mega Millions and Powerball Raise Jackpots for this Weekend

 

 

WHAT: Media Update

 

Both Mega Millions and Powerball have increased their jackpots for this weekend’s draws.

 

The jackpot for Mega Millions is now an estimated $450 million for tonight’s draw. This is the fourth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the 11th largest in US History.

 

Also, the jackpot for Powerball’s draw tomorrow night has been increased to an estimated $570 million. This is the fifth largest jackpot in Powerball history and the seventh largest in US History.

 

This is the first time these jackpots have both been over $450 million at the same time.

 

The Idaho Lottery continues to encourage participants to play responsibly and to only play what they can afford.

 

As the draw gets closer, some retail locations may experience higher than normal volumes of player traffic. Players are advised to plan ahead as there may be lines to purchase tickets later in the day.

 

Players have until 7:55 p.m. MT tonight to play for the Mega Millions jackpot and the same time tomorrow evening to purchase a ticket to participate in the Powerball draw.

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:

 

David Workman

Idaho Lottery Public Information Specialist

Office: 208-334-2600

E-mail: dworkman@lottery.idaho.gov

 

 

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