Maybe the name should be changed to Mega Billions! Strong sales in Iowa and across the country have pushed tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot even further into record territory as lottery buzz continues to build. And not to be left out, the Powerball jackpot for tomorrow night also has been raised.
The Mega Millions jackpot is now an estimated $1 billion annuity, $565.6 million lump-sum option, for tonight’s drawing. The Powerball jackpot for tomorrow is an estimated $470 million annuity, $268.6 million lump-sum option.
The Mega Millions jackpot is now the largest prize offered in the history of that game and is second overall only to the world-record Powerball jackpot of nearly $1.6 billion that was split by three tickets in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016.
The Powerball jackpot currently ranks at No. 8 on the list of that game’s biggest jackpots, and No. 14 among the largest jackpots in the United States.
Humans Who Procrastinate
We humans procrastinate about lots of things, and sales figures show that applies to lottery tickets, too. The day of the drawing in Mega Millions and Powerball always sees the highest sales. And in Iowa, the busiest stretch is generally from about 4 to 6 p.m. that day as a lot of folks leave work and run errands.
So if you’re looking to avoid lines to buy tickets for the big jackpots, plan accordingly. Remember that the deadline in Iowa to buy tickets for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing is 8:59 p.m. The deadline to buy a ticket for tomorrow night’s Powerball drawing is 8:59 p.m. tomorrow. If you buy a ticket after the deadline, it will be for an upcoming drawing, and you would not be in the running for that night’s giant prize.
Please Play Responsibly
We continuously stress responsible play, and we’re upping the ante on those reminders this week. It only takes one ticket to have a shot at the jackpot.
Have fun playing the lottery, and remember that it’s just for entertainment. There is no guarantee you will win. Play with your head, not over your head.