Massive Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots ignite lotto fever

Posted at 12:56 PM, Aug 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-12 11:22:35-04

(KGTV) - Two mammoth jackpots are up for grabs this weekend, as Friday's $393 million Mega Millions jackpot and Saturday's $356 million Powerball jackpot drawings near.

Friday's Mega Millions drawing featured the fifth largest jackpot in the game's history.

The winning numbers for the drawing: 23, 33, 53, 56, 58 and a Mega number of 6.

Friday's draw for the game produced more than 830,000 winning tickets in California, but the closest to matching all six numbers came out of Sunnyvale, where someone matched five numbers but not the Mega number for a prize of $550,731, according to California Lottery.

The winning ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Palos Heights, Ill., lottery officials announced shortly after the drawing.

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Powerball tickets can be purchased until 7 p.m. PT on Saturday, with tickets costing $2 a piece.

Wednesday's Powerball drawing, much like the last Mega Millions drawing, produced a lot of winning tickets though no one close to the ultimate prize.

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Anyone planning to purchase a ticket can find the closest retailers here - including where the "lucky retailers" are, according to CA Lottery. "Lucky retailers" qualify as spots that have paid out on average $4,000 per week in winning tickets. You can search by your zip code, but those in the heart of San Diego (92101) are:

  • Lotto King - 1069 6th Ave.
  • Quick Stop Market & Wash - 728 4th Ave.
  • 7-Eleven - 1223 Market St.
  • Albertsons - 655 14th St.
  • Millers Market - 2985 C St.
  • Ralphs - 1030 University Ave.
  • Del Mission Liquor - 135 Washington St.
  • 7-Eleven - 1602 University Ave.
  • Glenn's Market - 2861 University Ave.
  • 7-Eleven - 3105 Fairmont Ave.

The odds of winning either jackpot are fairly steep. Hopeful millionaires have a one in 259 million chance for the Mega Millions and one in 292 million chance for the Powerball.

Winning both? Well, it's even steeper - about one in 76 quadrillion. Of course, no amount of zeros will deter lottery ticket sales.