Two big jackpots causing lotto fever

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HIGHLAND, IL (KTVI) - There are two big jackpots for lottery players to take a chance on: the Mega Millions Friday night, and the Powerball on Saturday. Either could make you a multimillionaire.

Friday’s Mega Millions drawing is worth roughly $107 million, while Saturday’s Powerball is worth an estimated $247 million. Neither is a record-breaking jackpot, but both are big enough to get the lotto craze going yet again.

At a Circle K in Highland, Ill., store clerks said it was a mad rush to get those lottery tickets.
Ever since both Powerball and Mega Millions re-designed their games, Powerball, by doubling the ticket price, and Mega Millions, by lowering the odds of winning, both jackpots keep rolling over more often, making bigger jackpots more common.

And with hundreds of millions of dollars up for grabs, that means more chances to dream big for all those who love taking a shot at winning. But what would these hopefuls do with the money? With the freezing cold winter the St. Louis area has experienced, taking a vacation was on many lotto players’ minds.

Samantha Kinnear says, “Me and my grandma have always played, so I pick one up for her once in a while. I’d take her on the best vacation she’s ever been on…maybe Europe or the beach."

Bob Williams adds, “Me and my wife would both retire, maybe go on a trip.”

If you’re longing for a lottery-funded getaway, as you probably know, the odds are not in your favor.
The overall odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in roughly 259 million, and with Powerball you have a slightly better chance: 1 in 175 million.

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