Just like in Friday's Mega Millions drawing, there was no jackpot victor in Saturday night's Powerball drawing.
The Mega Millions' odds were lowered a year ago to 1-in-303 million from 1-in-259 million, to generate larger prizes.
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"Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record", Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement.
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There were a few runner-up prizes handed out, including some $1 million winners in New Jersey and CT. Many hopefuls haven't played before.
We have a victor, but they are not from the Tennessee Valley.
A jackpot of roughly $500 million is usually nothing to, as the adults say, sneeze at. "We're doing a lot of explaining". Reports indicate that almost 280 million tickets were purchased for the drawing.
Both lotteries' jackpots have been increased recently by rule changes that have decreased the odds of winning.
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That pot has been growing since July when someone in California won the jackpot.
"I wouldn't be surprised if it gets hit", Gentry said.
"I'd be more surprised if it doesn't get hit".
Lines were forming Friday morning at gas stations and 7-11s across the 44 states, the federal capital Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands where the lottery is held, with the draw to take place at 11:00 p.m. local time (0300 GMT).
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