Powerball, Mega Millions Jackpots Combine To An Estimated $2.22 Billion

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A sign displays the Mega Millions and Power Ball lottery jackpots

A Knoxville Powerball player won $2 million in Saturday night's drawing.

The Mega Millions lottery in the U.S. may see a streak of jackpot rollovers end as it heads towards a record $US1.6 billion ($2.2 billion).

With the potential Powerball jackpot now climbing to around $620 million and the Mega Millions jackpot at around $1.6 billion (the largest jackpot in US history), the lottery money up for grabs next week could top $2 billion.

The lump sum payout is an estimated $269.6 million for the Powerball.

The numbers drawn Saturday were 62-16-54-57-69 and the Powerball was 23.

A jackpot of roughly $500 million is usually nothing to, as the adults say, sneeze at.

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The $1.6 billion estimated jackpot would be the largest prize in USA history.

The nation's largest lottery jackpots have now rolled for a few months.

Tickets for both Mega Millions and Powerball are sold in Kansas everywhere Kansas Lottery tickets are sold. There are smaller prizes, from $4 up to $1 million, for matching some, but not all, numbers.

That is partly by design. But because the player added the Power Play for an extra $1, the prize is $2 million.

Leaders of the US lottery industry, which generates about $80 billion in annual revenue, have experimented with different rules and marketing strategies as they have encountered falling interest among millennials, who are used to the almost-instant gratification of online games and social media. The games are played in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Two lottery jackpots continue to grow after no winners were selected in this weekend's drawings.

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