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Next up: $730M Powerball prize after no Mega Millions winner

Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players have another shot at a giant jackpot as a $730 million Powerball prize is on the line

NOTIFIED: Jan. 22, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa — Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players will have another shot at a giant jackpot Wednesday night as a $730 million Powerball prize is on the line.

The Powerball jackpot is the fifth-largest ever, and it will come only a day after nobody won the even-larger Mega Millions prize, which now stands at $970 million.

Winning numbers for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing were: 40-53-60-68-69 and a Powerball of 22.

It’s the first time both lottery jackpots have topped $700 million. The biggest prize was a $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot won by three people in 2016.

No one has won either of the jackpots since mid-September, allowing the prizes to grow steadily for months. Such a long stretch without a winner is rare but also reflects the incredibly small odds of winning — one in 292.2 million for Powerball and one in 302.5 million for Mega Millions.

Maryland lottery spokeswoman Carole Gentry said Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing saw $260 million in sales, resulting in 36% of all possible number combinations being covered.

The prizes listed are for winners who choose an annuity option, paid over 30 years. Most winners opt for cash prizes, which for Mega Millions would be $716.3 million and $546 million for Powerball.

Those prizes also would be subject to federal taxes, and most states would take a cut as well.

Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players have another shot at a giant jackpot as a $730 million Powerball prize is on the line

Mega Millions results for 01/19/21; did anyone win the $865M jackpot?

The Mega Millions numbers for Jan. 19: 10-19-26-28-50. The Gold Mega Ball: 16. The Megaplier: 2. (Courtesy Michigan Lottery)

LANSING, MI – The Mega Millions jackpot is closing in on $1 billion as there was no winner of the $865 million jackpot for the drawing held on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

That means the drawing on Friday, Jan. 22 will be worth $970 million with a cash option of $716.3 million. That jackpot will be the second largest jackpot in the game’s history and third largest in U.S. lottery history.

The Mega Millions numbers for Jan. 19: 10-19-26-28-50

The Gold Mega Ball: 16

The Megaplier: 2

Mega Millions winners for Jan. 19:

· While there was no grand prize winner, 11 tickets sold matched all five white numbers drawn to win $1 million. Those tickets were sold in California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington. Two of those winners were sold in New Jersey and three were sold in Florida.

· Two of the players in Florida also played the Megaplier option, which increased their winnings to $2 million.

· In Michigan, seven tickets sold won $10,000 in the drawing. That was the largest prize won in the state.

· There were 2,357,316 tickets sold that won at least $4 in the drawing. In Michigan, 81,430 tickets sold won at least $4 in the drawing.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. Five balls are drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 70; the Mega ball is drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 25. The odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 302 million.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 each.

In other Michigan Lottery news:

· The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday, Jan. 20 with an estimated jackpot of $730 million and a cash option of $546 million.

· The next Lotto 47 drawing is Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 7:29 p.m. with a jackpot of $1.1 million. Deadline is 7:08 p.m. that day.

· Wednesday’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is an estimated $100,000. The drawing is at 7:29 p.m. Deadline is 7:08 p.m.

For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out the official Michigan Lottery site, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.

The last player from Michigan to win a Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot was Cristy Davis of Waterford who won $70 million playing Powerball in February. With her winnings, Davis said she planned to buy a new house and car.

And while she was a lucky winner, it’s smart for players to check their tickets immediately as a winner worth $1 million sold in Hartland in 2019 went unclaimed. The ticket was purchased at the Speedway in Hartland, but the winner never came forward to claim the prize. The money instead went to the state’s School Aid Fund.

If you’d like to be the next player from Michigan to win a huge lottery prize, take a look at these tips from lottery expert Richard Lustig. The author of “Learn How To Increase Your Chances Of Winning The Lottery” has won more than $1 million in Florida by winning top jackpot prizes in smaller games.

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Mega Millions results for 01/19/21; did anyone win the $865M jackpot? The Mega Millions numbers for Jan. 19: 10-19-26-28-50. The Gold Mega Ball: 16. The Megaplier: 2. (Courtesy Michigan Lottery)