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Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots rise to more than $800M combined

Posted: 10:13 AM, Oct 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-10 17:13:31Z

(KGTV) - Over $800 million in lottery jackpots are up for grabs this week, starting with Wednesday night's $282 million Powerball drawing.

The lump-sum cash option for the Powerball jackpot is $161.1 million, or winners can choose 30 payments over 29 years.

Those looking to purchase Powerball tickets will have until 7 p.m., with the drawing set for 7:59 p.m. Pacific time.

Meanwhile, the Mega Millions jackpot continues to swell, hitting a whopping $548 million. The lump-sum cash option is an estimated $309 million.

The next Mega Millions drawing is Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. Pacific time. Anyone who wants in on the drawing will have to buy their tickets by 7:45 p.m. on the night the numbers are revealed.

While there's always a chance you'll be lucky enough to win, the odds are heavily against it.

LotteryUSA.com says the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1-in-302.6 million. The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.