Mega Millions® Jackpot Climbs to $548 Million and Powerball® Jackpot Rolls to $314 MillionOctober 11, 2018 – Two Mega Power jackpots are still up for grabs with a combined payout of $862 million dollars! Players have a chance to win an estimated $548 million Mega Millions® jackpot with a cash lump sum option of $309.2 million tomorrow night. Plus, the Powerball® jackpot for Saturday is estimated at $314 million, with a cash lump sum option of $179.4 million.
The $548 million Mega Millions estimated jackpot is the 3rd largest in the game’s history and the 9th largest in the U.S jackpot history. The last time Mega Millions jackpot was hit was July 24, 2018 in California. Friday will be the 23rd draw in the current jackpot run. The overall odds of winning a Mega Millions prize are 1 in 24.0. Odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 303 million.
The last time the Powerball jackpot was hit was August 11, 2018 in New York. Saturday will be the 18th draw in the current jackpot run. To date, there have been six Powerball jackpots won this year. The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are 1 in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 292 million.
As consumers have the opportunity to purchase tickets for both Mega Millions and Powerball, the CT Lottery reminds and encourages customers to play responsibly.
“It only takes one ticket to win. When jackpots reach hundreds of millions of dollars, we encourage people to use their ‘GameSense,’ or common sense, when playing,” said CT Lottery’s President and CEO, Gregory Smith. “It is important for consumers to use good judgement and to remember to ‘play for fun, not to make money,’ and ‘know the odds.’”