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Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots reach historic highs, totaling $1.6 billion

January 19, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 3:49 PM
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North Carolinians who try their luck on Powerball and Mega Millions will be playing for some of the largest jackpots in history.

The estimated annuity jackpot for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing stands at $865 million. It ranks as the: 

  • 2nd largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.
  • 3rd largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

The estimated cash value for the jackpot is $638.8 million. The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.

The estimated annuity jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing stands at $730 million. It ranks as the: 

  • 4th largest jackpot in Powerball history.
  • 6th largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

The estimated cash value for the jackpot is $546 million. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

“This is the very first time in the history of the games that both jackpots exceeded $700 million at the same time,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “Remember to play smart. It only takes one ticket to win.”

Players can buy $2 Powerball or Mega Millions tickets at any lottery retail location, through Online Play on the lottery’s website, www.nclottery.com, or by using the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.


7 COMMENTS

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1/23/2021 11:50 - glenn h.

who won the Mega million JackpotNC Lottery
Hi Glenn, The winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket was sold in Michigan. Thank you.

1/21/2021 01:16 - Denver G.

Hey LZ, it cracks me up when people say nobody ever wins big money on the power ball in NC. Can you tell us how many NC big wins in the last 5 months since the jackpot was last won in Aug.? Break it down, I tried but lost track. $50k, $100k, $150k $1mil. Totals would be great. A map with the pins would be awesome!!!NC Lottery
Hi Denver, great idea! In NC, since August, there have been: 8 $50,000 winners, 4 $100,000 winners, 2 $150,000 winners, 1 $200,000 winner, and 2 $1,000,000 winners. That is a total of $3,300,000 in winnings since the last jackpot was hit.

1/21/2021 03:22 - Tayshawn R.

It would be a blessing indeed if 850 ppl could win $1million tonight. With a special thanks from my family to all of you. Good luck everyone.

1/20/2021 07:39 - Maria I. M.

What was my number and yours

1/19/2021 11:18 - Burnell H.

I cannot believe that both lottery are so big, It would be a blessing if 850 players could win a million a piece. Good luck to everyone tonight.

1/19/2021 09:13 - Batoya M.

Good luck to EVERYONE!!! I got my two tickets!

1/19/2021 04:40 - joanie m.

Got my tickets in it to win it universe i am looking for a blessing this year thank you and good luck to all

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