Cross your fingers! San Diegans hoping for $800M lottery jackpots
Jermaine Ong, Scripps , CNN
11:15 AM, Jan 2, 2018
8:29 PM, Jan 2, 2018
(KGTV/CNN) - San Diegans scrambled to buy lottery tickets as the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots swelled to more than $800M combined.
Numbers for the Mega Millions $361 million jackpot were drawn Tuesday night at 8 p.m.
The numbers were: 1, 42, 47, 64, 70 with a Mega Ball of 22 and a Megaplier of 4.
If no one wins the prize, the next drawing will be held Friday at the same time.
Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot has reached $440 million ahead of Wednesday's drawing. The Powerball is drawn at 7:59 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Recent changes to both games have made the odds of winning longer, but larger jackpots have become more frequent.
In October, Mega Millions changed the numbers from which players can choose, bringing the odds of picking all six numbers to 1 in 302.6 million, from 1 in 258.9 million under the old format.
The move was similar to one made by Powerball in October 2015. That took the odds of winning that game from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million.
While the chance of winning either game is very low, and the chance of winning both is very, very, very low -- 1 in 88 quadrillion, or 1 in 88,412,922,115,183,000 to be precise. In percentages terms, that means you have a 0.0000000000000011% chance of winning both games.
But that didn't stop people from buying tickets to both games in recent days.
"It's something we often see, particularly when there are two big jackpots - people buying both tickets, " said Jeff Lenard, spokesman for the National Association of Convenience Stores, whose members sell about two-thirds of the nation's lottery tickets. "There's not much loyalty to a specific games. They're sold in the same places, so you might as well double down on the number of days that you can dream."
And Americans do love buying lottery tickets. They spent more than $80 billion on them in 2016. That's more than they spent on movies, video games, music, sports tickets and books -- combined.
One lucky Mega Millions player won $1.3 million from a ticket sold in Julian in December. The winner matched five numbers but not the Mega number.