Powerball And Mega Millions Have Large Jackpots This Super Bowl Weekend

There’s a lot of excitement this weekend. In addition to Super Bowl Sunday, Powerball and Mega Millions are both experiencing large jackpots. The Powerball jackpot is currently at $136 million, while the Mega Millions jackpot is at $71 million. Both games are experiencing a lot of interest and play since the Jan. 13 jackpot that reached a staggering $1.58 billion. The Mega Millions drawing takes place at 11:00 p.m. ET tonight and the Powerball drawing takes place Saturday night at 11 p.m. ET. Both lottery jackpots offer another way to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday and would be a sure way to inspire a celebratory dance should someone win.

Are you going to play Powerball and Mega Millions this weekend? Time is running out to get your Mega Millions lottery ticket, so you might want to get it quickly. Most states that participate in the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) stop selling Mega Millions tickets at 10 p.m. Check with your local retailers for more information. A sad story out of California came out recently, where someone had purchased an apparently winning lottery ticket, only to be told several months later after it was confirmed that the ticket was too damaged to be accepted. As a rule, those who play the lottery should take steps to protect their tickets to ensure this doesn’t happen. Once you select your numbers through either your choice or an Easy Pick or Quick Pick, sign the back of your ticket then place it in a zip lock bag or other protective bag to keep it in good condition. There might be very little to compare to the disappointment of having a winning ticket that is refused for payout due to it being damaged. The owner of the damaged lottery ticket in California has filed a lawsuit hoping to get his money. Protect your ticket, because you never know if you will be the lucky winner.

Check out this video press conference from Mega Millionsm, in which two Iowa residents won $1 million on the same day.

The next Powerball draw takes place Saturday, Feb. 6, right before Super Bowl Sunday. Some lotteries are so excited about the Powerball jackpot and the Super Bowl, that they are giving away free tickets. The Idaho lottery is running a promotion for #SuperBowl50 and they are giving away free Powerball tickets through their Snapchat. As there hasn’t been a Powerball jackpot winner since Jan. 13, the jackpot has rolled from one draw to the next. There have been non-jackpot winners, but tomorrow’s drawing is for an estimated $136 million, and that most likely will rise to another number, as it did last week. The more tickets that are sold, the faster the jackpot climbs, meaning that the night of the drawing, the current jackpot amount is pending and the actual amount can be larger. This happened when the total jackpot amount for Jan. 13 came in at $1.58 billion.

As Powerball frenzy has continued to grip the nation, there have been many stories that have circulated following the billion-dollar jackpot and epic win. There is also something known as the curse of the lotto, or the lottery curse. Many people believe that if you win the lottery, you are setting yourself up for a lot of trouble to follow. For some, it could be that you aren’t prepared for a lot of money and might make poor financial decisions. Others feel that you might be faced with frivolous lawsuits by those who want to take your money.

For some, the lottery curse means that people will target you in order to steal your money and you might, literally, pay for your win with your life. There have been many tragic stories that have followed Mega Millions, Powerball and other lottery winners; but, at the same time, there are many success stories. Do you think you could handle being a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot winner?

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