Big Jackpots Await Lottery Winners

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If you play the lottery then 2018 could be your lucky year. Between the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, nearly $800 million is up for grabs.

Tonight’s Mega Millions drawing has a jackpot estimated at $343 million.

If the jackpot is won, it would be the eighth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

In the game’s 15-year history, the first days of a new year have been lucky ones. Four jackpots have been won during that time frame, including the seventh largest prize ever, $380 million on Jan. 4, 2011; winners in Idaho and Washington shared that jackpot. Jan. 2, 2009, was lucky for a winner who claimed a $47 million prize in California. On Jan. 1, 2008, $33 million was won in Texas, and $61 million was won in Tennessee on Jan. 3, 2014.

The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won at $42 million on Oct. 13; that prize was shared by winners in Michigan and Rhode Island.

No one won Saturday night’s Powerball drawing, which puts Wednesday’s jackpot at about $440 million.

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