Friday, 05 January 2018 17:11

Lottery jackpots reach record high. What are the chances of winning either or both? Featured

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STATEWIDE - Both the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries have record-high winnings, and the drawings are right around the corner. But what are your chances of winning?

The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are growing at a very fast rate to huge totals. It's the first time both have been this high at the same time.

 

"This is our first experience having both the Powerball and Mega Millions with the jackpot greater than 400-million dollars," said Tim Poulin, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations.

 

This is the fifth largest Powerball jackpot. The largest was not too long ago, and the first month of the year seems to be very lucky.

 

"The $1.5 billion jackpot was hit in January of 2016," said Poulin.

 

The Maine State Lottery was established back in 1974 by a statewide referendum, but Mainers weren't always able to play either of these games until more recently.

 

"We launched Powerball in July of 2004 and Mega Millions in mega millions was launched in May of 2010," said Poulin.

 

The reason is the Mega Millions and Powerball were only allowed in select states. Eventually those other states decided to let others play along.

 

"There was a legal agreement among the states to allow the cross-selling of those games in each of the states,"said Poulin.

 

The odds of winning the Powerball are 1 in 292 million, and the odds of winning the Mega Millions are 1 in 302 million.

 

"The national media has come up with some you know, gazillion numbers to win both of them. We don't have any reason to say what the odds are of winning both of those," said Poulin.

 

No one has ever one either jackpot in the state of Maine.

 

"I'm going to buy myself an island and live on it," said one very optimistic Mainer.

 

"I'd like to pay off a bunch of things, probably build a house for myself and my family. And help them out too," said his friend.

 

If you won both, the take-home would be about $639 million. You never know what your luck is until you try it.

Gina Marini

Morning Anchor/Reporter
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Gina Marini, a graduate of Curry College, joined WVII ABC7 and WFVX Fox 22 after spending a little more 2 years with NH1 News in New Hampshire. During her time there, she spent time traveling the state bringing local stories to Granite-staters. She brings passion and enthusiasm to the news room, hoping to inspire those at home with her stories.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also has a love of anything fluffy and shopping. If you see her out and about, say hello.