Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots continue to soar

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The jackpots for both the Mega Millions and Powerball continue to soar into record-breaking totals following a weekend of unmatched winning numbers.

According to the West Virginia Lottery, the jackpots are over simultaneous $700 million marks for the first time ever.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is estimated at $850 million. If won, it would be the second-largest jackpot in game history and the third-largest in U.S. lottery history.

Lottery spokesperson said the Powerball sits at $730 million, which would be the fourth-largest jackpot in game history and the 6th in U.S. lottery history.

At its current total, the Powerball jackpot is at its highest since March 2019.

According to the West Virginia Lottery, West Virginia had 22,722 tickets win a prize in Saturday’s Powerball drawing, including a one million dollar Match-5 winning ticket sold in Vienna and a $50,000 four-plus Power Ball winning ticket purchased in Morgantown.

“I encourage all players to check their tickets,” West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers said in a statement.

“We have another $1 million and $50,000 winner from Saturday’s drawing from right here in West Virginia, but we do ask that all players please play responsibly.”

The dueling jackpots combine for over $1.5 billion, the highest they have been since October 2018 when the $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot was hit in South Carolina.

Each jackpot will be on its 36th draw in their respective runs this coming week. It is the longest jackpot run in both Powerball and Mega Millions histories, a release stated.

Tickets for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing must be purchased by 9:59 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Tickets for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing must be purchased by 9:59 p.m. ET Wednesday.

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