Weekend Open Forum: You win the lottery - what happens next?

Jan 06, 2018, 02:12
Weekend Open Forum: You win the lottery - what happens next?

It would bring in millions of dollars in new revenue, and keep lottery fans from having to travel across state lines to get in the game.

The Powerball jackpot sits at $550 million ahead of the next drawing Saturday night.

In a lump-sum payment, payout for the Mega Millions is worth $281 million.

For the first time in history, both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots have exceeded $400 million. The cut-off for sales is 9:58 p.m. Saturday for Powerball and 10:44 p.m. tonight for Mega Millions.

Both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots increased after no winners were drawn earlier this week. But, as THV11's Winnie Wright tells us, the winners aren't the only ones who benefit from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

Robert Hurtado said a winning ticket would be a lot of help.

The Friday Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $445 million. The Powerball top prize has skyrocketed to an estimated $550 million for Saturday's drawing- making it the eighth — largest lottery in U.S. history

"I've got a lot of plans to do a lot of good things with it", said Ray.

More than $1 billion in lottery jackpots are up for grabs this weekend as Mega Millions and Powerball have both gone without a victor since late October.

"Hopefully, the Georgia Lottery's gonna fill my needs and come my way", said Jeff Carpenter. Naji said. "If you get lucky, you get lucky".

"One goes way up, and somebody wins it, and it starts over, and then the other jackpot goes up", he said. Saturday's roll will be the 21st roll since the last jackpot was claimed. Winners also have the option to receive a lump sum of winnings, which offers less money at $347.9 million.

Recent big Powerball wins in North Dakota include a $100,000 Powerball with Power Play purchased from a Superpumper in Minot on December 30.

There's a misnomer that people in Arkansas don't win the big bucks, but she says that's not true. The odds of winning that one are 1 in 302 million.

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