Combined Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots top $1.3 billion

A Massachusetts Powerball player was one of three people nationwide to come away with $1 million Wednesday night after the person's ticket matched all five numbers selected, officials said.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The numbers drawn were: 03-57-64-68-69 and the Powerball number was 15.

But cheer up! There are often secondary prizes to these huge drawings that can be worth millions of dollars, and a shocking amount of them go unclaimed - probably because people get too focused on the biggest possible way to win.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $970 million.

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Of course, more players means a greater chance of splitting the jackpot, and, "If you don't have a ticket, you have zero chance of winning".

"It really draws in what we call the infrequent player", says Johnson.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is one out of 302 million.

Mega Millions is in "uncharted territory", Medenica said, and the lotteries' financial models can not predict what will happen.

The Maine lottery, for example, has a Mega Millions deadline of 9:50 p.m. ET on the day of each drawing. In that year, lottery ticket sales eclipsed the combined total of what Americans spent on movies, video games, books, music and sports tickets. For instance, a KPCC/LAist investigation in California "found contributions to education by the lottery are essentially unchanged from 12 years ago, even though revenues are up by billions".

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