Lottery Jackpots

A breakdown of all California Lottery Games.

The trend in lottery jackpots has been for them to rise to huge numbers due to changes in the rules of a few of the largest lotteries: Powerball and Mega Millions. These lotteries have decreased the chances of winning by increasing the pool of numbers to choose from. This causes the lotto jackpots to roll over more often, resulting in higher dollar awards.

What is the Current Lottery?

If you don't see it on a billboard, or hear it on the news, current lottery jackpots can be found on many websites, including the official websites for the lottery you are interested in. Remember, these amounts are based on the annuity value – the amount if you take your winnings over a term of years, rather than one lump sum payment.

The larger lotteries, like Mega Millions and Powerball, draw for jackpots twice a week. For Mega Millions, it's Tuesday and Friday. Although 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands play Mega Millions, the drawings are held in Georgia. Powerball also draws twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday in Florida. In addition to the above jurisdictions, Puerto Rico also plays Powerball.

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  • 1.
  • $29 M
California Super Lotto Plus Sat, Dec 08, 2018 $28 M $1 M
  • 2.
  • $217 M
California PowerBall Sat, Dec 08, 2018 $200 M $17 M
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  • $226 M
California MEGA Millions Fri, Dec 07, 2018 $208 M $18 M
  • 4.
  • $28 M
California Super Lotto Plus Wed, Dec 05, 2018 $27 M $1 M
  • 5.
  • $200 M
California PowerBall Wed, Dec 05, 2018 $183 M $17 M
  • 6.
  • $208 M
California MEGA Millions Tue, Dec 04, 2018 $190 M $18 M
  • 7.
  • $183 M
California PowerBall Sat, Dec 01, 2018 $171 M $12 M
  • 8.
  • $27 M
California Super Lotto Plus Sat, Dec 01, 2018 $26 M $1 M
  • 9.
  • $190 M
California MEGA Millions Fri, Nov 30, 2018 $172 M $18 M
  • 10.
  • $26 M
California Super Lotto Plus Wed, Nov 28, 2018 $25 M $1 M

Note: All jackpot amounts are entered and inspected by a professional lottery data service, but we are not responsible for errors or omissions. Verify all jackpots with your state lottery. Jackpots are sometimes adjusted by the lottery before the drawing.

The largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history have been
  • $1.6 billion in Powerball, with three winning tickets,
  • $758.7 million in Powerball, with only one winning ticket and
  • $656 million in Mega Millions, with three winning tickets.

The odds of winning Powerball are 292.2 million to 1 and the odds of winning Mega Millions are 302.5 million to 1.

Regardless of the amount, you're going to have to make a crucial decision; take the lump sum or the annuity? Interestingly enough, only four people have opted for the annuity in the history of Powerball. The lump sum being a smaller amount didn't seem to matter to them.

How Much is in the Mega Millions this Week?

Mega Millions can change midweek, by either rolling over, or resetting if someone wins the jackpot. When someone wins Mega Millions, it is reset at $40 million and rolls over at least $5 million for each new draw date.

Of course, this can increase further depending on expected ticket sales. For instance, Powerball uses the following formula to estimate their top prize for each draw. They take a percentage of expected ticket sales for that drawing and then add that to the existing cash in the jackpot. Then, they multiply this amount by the interest rate in the current market for long-term investment securities. These securities will finance the annuity upon which the lotto jackpot is based. Recall that the annuity option allows you to be paid out over a term of years rather than all at once.

How late can you buy a lottery ticket for Powerball?

All lotteries have a cut-off time for when the tickets for that game may be sold. For Powerball, it is 10 PM Eastern time. This is so all 47-member jurisdictions can get their lottery sales data securely to MUSL (Multi-State Lottery Association) before the 10:59 ET drawing. Any tickets sold after 10:05 – there is a five-minute break in ticket sales – will be for the next Powerball drawing.

Play Responsibly

Remember, you must be 18 years old or older to play the lotteries. /p>

It can be quite tempting to go overboard when you see a lotto jackpot the likes of those listed above. However, you must recall that your odds of winning are very low. Of course, people win all the time. That doesn't mean you should spend money you can't afford to try to increase your odds. Treat the lottery like any other entertainment expense. When you go out to eat, you don't expect to ever see that money again, so you budget for it. The same should be true when you play the lotteries. Never spend money you can't afford to do without. Play responsibly.