Mega Millions Jackpot Rises To $361 Million; Powerball At $440 Million

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The lottery jackpot numbers just keep climbing.

Mega Millions made a change in October, giving you more numbers to choose from and making it harder to hit the jackpot.

Strong sales sent the Mega Millions jackpot soaring to $361 million for Tuesday night's drawing.

Despite bitter cold temperatures, lottery players are flocking to places around the Tri-State region to get the hottest tickets around - Powerball and Mega Millions.

On Wednesday night, the Powerball jackpot offers a prize of $440 million.

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At no time in history have two US jackpots been simultaneously greater than $400 million, but that milestone may be reached if the games roll another drawing or two.

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.

While the chance of winning either game is very low, and the chance of winning both is very, very, very low - 1 in 88 quadrillion, or 1 in 88,412,922,115,183,000 to be precise.

Tickets for both games sell for $2.

theLotter's spokesman Austin Weaver: "theLotter sold 60% more tickets to Canadians in 2017 compared to 2016".

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