A Mega Millions jackpot ticket was sold in New Jersey Friday night, while the Powerball jackpot stands at a whopping $600 million.
The Powerball jackpot climbed up to a whopping $600 million Friday, and it had many people forking over big bills.
The jackpot soared to more than half a billion dollars after none of the tickets sold matched all the winning numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing.
The next drawing will be held Saturday, with a cash value of $302.4 million, lottery officials said.
People were out Sunday morning buying tickets to try to cash in.
A bill creating a new lottery for bear hunting licenses cleared a key Connecticut legislative committee Wednesday, despite some objections about whether such hunting is appropriate.
Late Monday afternoon 44-year-old Pedro Quezada walked into the Eagles Liquor in Passaic, N.J., and checked to see if he had the sole winning ticket for Saturday’s $338.3 million Powerball drawing.
The New Jersey Lottery said Sunday that details about the winning ticket would be released Monday, declining to reveal where it had been purchased and whether anyone had immediately come forward. It was the sixth largest jackpot in history.
Neil Watson with the Nebraska Lottery says the current estimated jackpot of $320 million seems to be holding strong. The lump-sum cash option is $198.3 million.
Three men accused of trying to con a Guatemalan immigrant into sharing a $3 million lottery jackpot are off the hook after Rockland County prosecutors agreed to drop most of the case.
The overall jackpot was $89 million, but the purchaser gets less because they chose the cash option in matching five numbers and the Mega Ball.
State officials say New York gamblers plunked down a record $9.1 billion on state-sanctioned lottery games in 2012.
Two Mega Millions tickets are each worth $250,000 and a $200,000 Powerball ticket was bought on Christmas Eve at Milleries Food Market in Mount Holly.
Richard Nogid, the general manager of Rite Aid in Shirley, was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny in the 3rd-degree after an investigation started by Rite Aid Corp., police said.
A lottery official said late Wednesday that the jackpot increased to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing, making the cash option $379.8 million.