Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Locals try their luck as lottery jackpots hit historic highs

Locals try their luck as lottery jackpots hit historic highs

The Powerball jackpot is estimated at $570 million going into Saturday night's drawing.

"We do have faithful customers who come here all the time", said Jenny Jones, assistant manager at the Riverside Travel Center.

Both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots increased after no winners were drawn earlier this week.

You'd be surprised how many winning tickets are never turned in.

Locals try their luck as lottery jackpots hit historic highs
Locals try their luck as lottery jackpots hit historic highs

The Wisconsin Lottery is celebrating its 30th year in business, and officials say during that times it's delivered $4.1 billion in property tax relief.

And even if they do know, people often don't bother to check their tickets once they hear there was no jackpot victor or the winning ticket was bought out of state.

Van Denton, spokesman for the N.C. Education Lottery, said big jackpots for the two games tend to see-saw.

"You would stop and pause and look", said Thompson.

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Saturday's Powerball jackpot is the eighth largest lottery prize ever.

The Mega Millions is also growing.

"I can take care of my family", added Wright.

If there's no victor, the next estimated jackpot for Mega Millions is $560 million.

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Until October, Mega Millions players picked five numbers from 1 to 75 and a Mega number between 1 and 15.

Mega Millions would be the fourth largest jackpot in that game's history at $450 million if someone matches all six numbers on Friday night.

Louisiana businesses that bank off the extra buyers say they know they'll take a hit but aren't anxious about it.

Because of the recently passed tax reform plan, federal taxes on winnings will be several million dollars less than they would have been a few days ago, The Indianapolis Star reported.

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"People don't even realize there are secondary prizes", said Jacobson.

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