Powerball, Mega Millions Jackpots Combine To An Estimated $2.22 Billion

Powerball, Mega Millions Jackpots Combine To An Estimated $2.22 Billion

The Mega Millions game, which was created in 2002, has seen changes over the years that have reduced the chances of winning, meaning bigger and bigger jackpots.

After millions tried and failed their hand at winning the ultimate jackpot, the Mega Millions and Powerball prizes have grown to monstrous proportions, offering up a combined jackpot of $2.22 billion to date.

The $2 million victor has not yet claimed their prize.

Because no Mega Millions winners emerged, the next scheduled drawing on Tuesday was projected to be worth a record $1.6 billion.

The next Mega Millions draw will be held on Tuesday.

Just like in Friday's Mega Millions drawing, there was no jackpot victor in Saturday night's Powerball drawing. United Kingdom players can win a separate prize by betting on the numbers.

The numbers drawn were 62-16-54-57-69 and the Powerball number was 23.

A sign in the window of a liquor store shows the Powerball lottery jackpot at $700 million in Washington, on January 7, 2016.

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Reports indicate that almost 280 million tickets were purchased for the drawing.

The current jackpot been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million.

Then on Saturday, no winners were selected in the Powerball drawing.

Tickets for Mega Millions are $2, and the deadline is 10:50 p.m. ET in most states.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the grand prize is one in 302.5 million.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 US states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

If a player hits all six numbers to win the jackpot, they can opt for an immediate cash payment of $904 million or receive the $1.6 billion prize over 29 years.

If more than one victor is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.

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