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A Mega Millions ticket

A customer holds a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a convenience store in Chicago. 

Nam Y. Huh

If an estimated $418 million would take care of any extra holiday spending, get a Mega Millions ticket.

No one won the jackpot in Tuesday night's drawing for $361 million, so the jackpot climbs for Friday night's drawing.

The numbers drawn Tuesday were 1, 42, 64, 47, 70. The Mega Ball: 22.

Lottery players across the country could win big if they have the winning numbers for both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots, the latter of which will be drawn Wednesday.

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is expected to be $440 million with a one-time cash payout of $278.3 million.

The odds are not in your favor of winning a combined $858 million jackpot. Talk about 88 quadrillion to one, said Ronald Wasserstein, who runs the American Statistical Association.

If there is a winner, he or she could choose an annuity to receive 30 payments over 29 years or take a lump sum.

Experts suggest that players use the full range of numbers available and not limit their chances by playing just numbers such as birthdays, since months have no more than 31 days and Powerball numbers go up to 69.


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