Powerball jackpot now above $300 million

Casey Dawson
March 7, 2018

The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $321 million for Saturday night's lottery drawing.

The winning numbers of the $243 million Mega Millions jackpot was announced on Friday.

There's a big Powerball victor who has not claimed their prize, and may miss out on some cash.

A Powerball ticket worth $250,000 was sold at a city grocery store this week, and Pennsylvania Lottery officials are encouraging the victor to come forward. Six have been identified and all have claimed their winnings.

The Mega Millions cash option is estimated at $143.8 million.

The odds of winning "scratchers" - those little instant winning tickets that you can buy for prices ranging from $1 to $50 - are better, but it's still no way to get rich. No one across the country won the second prize of at least $1 million in the drawing.

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A Powerball ticket costs $2. Usual times for last ticket sales, however, occur one to two hours before the numbers are announced, according to CBS News. 44 states in the United States, as well as Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are known to participate in the Mega Millions lottery.

The average American citizen spends about $200 a year on the lottery, with varying averages depending on the state.

It became even harder to score a Mega Millions jackpot after the matrix of balls was altered in October 2017. According to a study by LendEDU, the average MA resident spends $735 annually on lottery tickets.

There is a one-time cash option of $189 million.

Sunday's Fantasy 5 jackpot is an estimated $105,000.

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