If you are feeling lucky, the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery jackpots are up for grabs this week, with no winners in the most recent drawings.
The Powerball numbers were last drawn on March 7, with M Live reporting that no one matched the numbers — 34, 36, 38, 42, 50, PB 33. The jackpot now increases to $119 million for the next drawing on March 11. Tickets are $2 each and sold at lottery retailers in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 11 p.m. Watch the drawings live online on Powerball Live or on one of these local TV channels.
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The Mega Millions jackpot isn’t quite as big, but at a cool $25 million, you could definitely take some time off from work and enjoy a nice tropical vacation. According to the Mega Millions website, no one matched all six numbers — 30, 48, 55, 68, 73 Megaball 5 — in the March 6 drawing, so the jackpot increased to $25 million for the next drawing on Tuesday, March 10. Tickets are $1 each and sold in 43 states, in addition to District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Mega Millions drawings take place every Tuesday and Friday at approximately 11 p.m. ET. The winning numbers are posted on the Mega Millions site after the drawing takes place at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia.
If you do happen to win a big multi-million dollar lottery prize in either the Mega Millions or Powerball lottery games, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney and a financial advisor before claiming your prize.
NBC gives several tips that winners should read before they start spending their new-found wealth. With millions of dollars in your bank account, you should be able to live a comfortable lifestyle for a long, long time if you invest properly and listen to the advice of financial professionals.
Keep in mind, you will only get a percentage of these gigantic lottery jackpots if you win. Uncle Sam will take taxes right from your winnings, and if you owe the government — or child support — any money, that will be taken before lottery officials cut you a check.
Feeling lucky? Play a $1 ticket for the next Mega Millions lottery game on March 10, or buy a $2 ticket and try your luck in the next Powerball drawing on March 11.