By Nick Sortal
6:15 AM EDT, September 13, 2013
It's a big weekend for lottery players.
The Mega Millions jackpot is up to an estimated $119 million for Friday night's 11 p.m. drawing. Powerball is around $317 million for Saturday's 10:59 drawing. Final numbers will be based on last-minute sales.
With the new $5 package play option, Jackpot Combo, players receive one $2 Powerball, one $2 Florida Lotto with Xtra ticket and one $1 Mega Millions Quick Pick ticket for the next available draw date.Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and roll until the jackpot is won. Players win by matching the five white ball numbers (1-59) and the red Powerball number (1-35). There are eight other ways to win non-jackpot prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million or up to $2 million if the ticket includes Power Play. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately 1 in 31.
Mega Millions jackpots start at $12 million and roll until the jackpot is won. Players win by matching the five white ball numbers (1-56) and the gold Mega Ball number (1-46). There are eight other ways to win non-jackpot prizes ranging from $2 to $250,000 or up to $1 million if players add the Megaplier option. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately 1 in 40. Both games have jackpot odds of 1 in 175 million.
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