Mega Millions jackpot now $865M; Powerball up to $730M

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Posted at 4:22 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 19:22:37-05

Lottery players are getting another shot at the third-largest jackpot in U.S. history.

The Mega Millions top prize has hit an estimated $865 million, making Tuesday night's drawing the biggest in more than two years.

Powerball, the other lottery game offered in most of the U.S., isn’t far behind at $730 million for a drawing Wednesday night.

It’s the first time both lottery jackpots have topped $700 million. Combined, they're worth nearly $1.6 billion.

No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since Sept. 15. The last Powerball jackpot winner was a day later, on Sept. 16.

Mega Millions and Powerball are both played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball also is offered in Puerto Rico.

Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. Ticket sales close at 7:45 p.m.

Powerball draws happen Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. Ticket sales close at 7 p.m.

You can check the winning numbers on the California Lottery website.