MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thanks to strong ticket sales, the Mega Millions® jackpot for the Friday, August 11, drawing was increased today to a $393 million annuity value or a $246 million cash prize. The jackpot initially rolled to a $382 million annuity value after Tuesday's drawing.
The Mega Millions and Powerball® jackpots have never been this high at the same time. The Powerball jackpot for Saturday, August 12, carries a $356 million annuity value or a $224 million cash prize.
For $3, players can play both games and chase separate jackpots totaling $749 million.
"We urge players to always play responsibly, no matter the jackpot level," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko, noting that pooling ticket purchases with friends can be a fun way to play responsibly.
In Pennsylvania, tickets for both games are sold until 9:59 p.m. on drawing nights. Players are encouraged to play early to avoid the possibility of encountering lines at retailers.
Pennsylvania has sold 17 Powerball jackpot-winning tickets since joining the game in 2002, and two jackpot-winning Mega Millions tickets since joining the game in 2010. Pennsylvania's largest Powerball prize was a $110.2 million cash-value jackpot claimed by a New Jersey couple in 2004. The state's largest Mega Millions jackpot was an $86.7 million cash-value prize claimed by a Pittsburgh couple in 2014.
Powerball and Mega Millions are played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A Powerball ticket costs $2 and a Mega Millions ticket costs $1. Visit palottery.com for details on how to play.
About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $28 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.
Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery