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Numbers drawn for record $667M Mega Millions jackpot

Al Loving of Sayville, left, and Stacy Spinelli

Al Loving of Sayville, left, and Stacy Spinelli of Bohemia try their luck Tuesday and buy Mega Millions and Powerball tickets at Carden Card & Gift Shop in Oakdale. Credit: James Carbone

Oh, the dreams of instant, crazy wealth! The combined jackpot of the nation's two big lottery games, Powerball and Mega Millions, has reached more than $1 billion.

Tuesday night's winning numbers for Mega Million were 3, 45, 49, 61 and 69, with megaball 9. The jackpot was $667 million, the largest in the game's history and the third-largest in U.S. lottery history. That's for the annuity over 29 years. The estimated cash option, which almost everyone takes, was $380 million.

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday's 10:59 p.m. drawing has rolled to a $345 million annuity, with an estimated cash value of $199 million.

"These are jackpots that inspire players’ dreams: What would they do, whom would they tell, and how would they live if they won a huge jackpot?" David Barden, Powerball chairman and CEO of the New Mexico Lottery, said in a statement. "And dreams come true for all the state beneficiaries who receive proceeds from these great games."

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since the $543 million July 24 win in Santa Clara County, California. The Powerball has risen since a Staten Island man won $245 million on Aug. 11.

The odds of matching all six Mega Millions numbers are 1 in 302.5 million. You've got a bit of a better chance with Powerball: 1 in 292 million.

The largest Powerball jackpot was $1.586 billion in 2016, and the biggest Mega Millions was $656 million in 2012.

“There’s nothing quite like the excitement of dueling jackpots,” said Gordon Medenica, lead director of Mega Millions and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming. “Lotteries are in the fun and games business, and who wouldn’t have fun thinking about nearly a billion dollars in prizes?”


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