Mega Millions, Powerball Start New Year With Big Jackpots

9th largest Powerball jackpot up for grabs

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since October 17 and has rolled 22 times.

As of Tuesday morning, the Mega Millions jackpot is $343 million. Three players from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland split the jackpot. It's the second time that Powerball and Mega Millions have had jackpots bigger than $300 million at the same time.

The Powerball jackpot has reached $440 million.

The Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots remain on the rise, with the jackpots approaching $800 million combined.

The highest all-time Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million, claimed by one person in 2012.

If you play the lottery then 2018 could be your lucky year.

The Mega Millions victor was also drawn Friday without a victor. The cash value of the January 3 Powerball drawing will be $278.3 million.

That makes it more likely for the grand total to roll into the next drawing.

With slightly better odds than the Powerball game, it's rare that months pass without someone winning a Mega Millions jackpot.

The Mega Millions drawing is televised every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. on selected television stations.

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