Powerball jumps to $550M after no winning tickets sold

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Two huge jackpots, totaling a combined $995 million, are up for grabs this weekend. Folks are very excited.

Winning the lottery is a life-changing event that most of us will never get to experience but with this week's open forum, we invite you to dream a little. I still play Mega Millions, but I have cut back on the number of tickets I buy because of the increase in cost.

Strong ticket sales have pushed the MegaMillions prize to $445 million dollars for Friday night's drawing.

"This is my first time playing either one, so I'm having fun", Halliburton said. "It's a insane time when the jackpots get this high", she said.

"90 percent of it I would give away". Wouldn't it be nice to win $400 million and take home $275 million!

If Lynn does win, she plans to use the money for good. "Then, it breaks my heart seeing homeless people on the side of the street".

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Lunchtime at the Riverside Travel Center here sees a lot of in-and-out traffic, and today most of the vehicles in the parking lot had MS license plates.

"It would be awesome", said lottery player Robert May.

To put that in perspective, you're more likely to get struck by lightning, become president of the United States, get bitten by a shark or crushed by an asteroid, among many other more probable zany events, than win either the Powerball or the Mega Millions.

"How lucky are we?" Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for one night before a Powerball drawing that will be worth at least $550 million. "And we've got this special $5 bundle - the "5 buck bundle.' If you go in and ask for a '5 buck bundle", you get one of all three ticket, the NSJ ticket being free".

"People are always looking for the big money", he said. The insane jackpots mark the third time in lottery history that the two combined have reached nearly one billion dollars. The odds of picking the right six numbers for the Mega Millions jackpot are 303 million to 1, the game said.

"It's fun to play", said May.