Mega Millions jackpot reaches $363 million

9th largest Powerball jackpot up for grabs

Math still suggests buying a lottery ticket is a losing bet. The jackpot is about $343 million, with an estimated $215.3 million cash payout.

For only the second time in history, USA lottery players have two opportunities to try for jackpots exceeding $300 million.

theLotter.com, a messenger service which physically purchases lottery tickets on behalf of overseas players, has helped people win $110 million Cdn. since 2002: late 2015 an Iraqi client won the $8 million Cdn. jackpot in Oregon.

The two biggest lottery games are both offering eye-popping jackpots to kick off 2018.

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People in South Mississippi are cranking up the vehicle heater and heading for the border, dreaming on the ride to Louisiana of Florida what they'll do with the money if they win the $440 million Powerball jackpot or $343 million Mega Millions drawing this week. The odds of winning the jackpot with a $1 ticket are 1-in-13,983,816.

Two big lottery jackpots are up for grab this week.

If you're feeling lucky, make sure you buy some Mega Millions tickets. SiLive will also post the winning numbers.

The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won at $42 million on October 13; that prize was shared by winners in MI and Rhode Island. You can watch the drawing live at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday, right before News 6 at 11 p.m.

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