Lottery fever grips Florida: Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots rise to $1.5 billion • Tamarac Talk

Sharon Aron Baron

Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots in Florida have soared to over $1.5 billion, setting off a frenzy for people hoping to become instant multimillionaires.

On Friday, the Mega Millions jackpot increased to approximately $640 million ahead of the Tuesday night draw. Shortly thereafter, on Saturday, the Powerball jackpot followed suit, with an impressive win of up to $900 million ahead of today’s draw.

This jackpot rollercoaster ride was not without its positive impact; The Powerball and Mega Millions rollovers generated an impressive $78 million for the Florida Education Development Trust Fund (EETF).

Lucky jackpot winners can claim their reward in 30 annual installments or opt for a lump sum cash payment. The latter option equates to approximately $465.1 million for Powerball and $328 million for Mega Millions.

But it’s not just the jackpot that players pay attention to; lower tier prizes can win up to $2 million in Powerball and up to $5 million in Mega Millions.

Powerball jackpots start at $20 million and continue until they are won. Players can guess five white ball numbers (1-69) and the Power Ball number (1-26). The chances of winning a prize in the game are approximately 1 in 24.9.

Similarly, Mega Millions jackpots start at $20 million and continue until they are claimed. Players here aim to guess the five white ball numbers (1-70) and the Megaball number (1-25). Chances of winning? Promising 1 out of 24.

Powerball and Mega Millions draws can be viewed on the Florida Lottery website and on the official YouTube channel. Winning numbers are immediately available on the lottery website, free mobile app, statewide retailers, and call (850) 921-PLAY.

Ready to try your luck? Tickets can be purchased from over 13,500 lottery vendors across the state.

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Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the editor of Talk Media and Tamarac Talk, Coral Springs Talk and Parkland Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2011 to provide news to the residents of Tamarac and is the #1 source of news for residents.

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