Both Powerball and Mega Millions now have some soaring jackpots to start off 2021 – over $1 billion to be exact!
We’re looking at $550 million annuity, or $411.4 million cash, up for grabs in Wednesday's Powerball drawing and $600 million annuity, or $442.4 million cash, in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing.
What would you do if you won? Who are you telling first? What would be your first purchase?
It’s always fun to dream a little.
But with all this excitement over the dueling jackpots, you might find yourself asking a few questions about how these games work.
Keep reading for some winning tips so you can always Play Smart.
- Do the odds change as the jackpot grows?
Nope! The odds for each jackpot game stay the same regardless of the jackpot size or how many other people play.
- Is it easier to win on a Quick Pick or if I pick my own numbers?
Nope to both! Whether you choose a Quick Pick or you pick your own numbers, the odds of winning are the same. Over time, you’ll just see more people who win using Quick Pick since the majority of our players select that option. So, if you have that special set of numbers you love to play or prefer the ‘quicker’ option, go ahead and play it that way – that’s what makes it fun – but it won’t improve your chances of winning.
- Does it matter where I buy my tickets?
Sure doesn’t. As long as it’s a certified lottery retailer or you’re buying tickets online or through our NC Lottery Official Mobile App, you have an equal chance of winning. Buy online, buy in-store – all give you an equal chance to take home a lottery prize!
Knowing how the games work before you play is the best of both worlds, and what we like to call playing smart.
Good luck! Remember, it just takes one ticket to win!
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