Mega Millions jackpot grows to $306M

The odds of winning the Powerball drawing are only 1 in 292.2 million. Ronald gives them good luck by placing the ticket (s) on his forehead, saying a prayer and making a gesture to his heart, then rubbing the tickets on one of the original blue bird statues at the store. That means that Friday's Mega Millions jackpot has jumped to $306 million, and Saturday's Powerball jackpot has reached an estimated $384 million. Powerball's drawing is Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET.

But Joshua Haffner of Haffner Law (https://haffnerlawyers.com), who has handled two of the largest lottery fraud cases in U.S. history, warns super large jackpots can bring unanticipated disputes.

In October, Mega Millions changed the numbers that players could choose from, bringing the odds of picking all six numbers to 1 in 302.6 million, from 1 in 258.9 million under the old format.

The jackpot has been rolling since October 13, when the last jackpot of $42 million was won by players in MI and Rhode Island, according to Mega Millions. It also raised the price of a single ticket to $2.

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Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $384 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $239 million.

Owner James Kim and cashier Ronald were on hand, and Ronald showed FOX 11 his ritual for people who buy tickets at his shop.

The record was a $1.58 billion jackpot in January of 2016. That's more than they spent on movies, video games, music, sports tickets and books - combined.


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