Mega Millions Climbs To $346 Million, Powerball Hits $286 Million

Not one but two huge lottery jackpots have Houston residents feeling lucky. There were no winners Saturday night in the Powerball drawing, so the jackpot now goes from $286 million to $307 million.

Good news lottery fans the Mega Millions jackpot is even larger now. Mega Millions tickets are $1 each and are available until 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. The $346 million jackpot is the game's highest since last July, and has a cash option of $216.1 million.

The largest Powerball jackpot of all time is $1.586 billion and was won January 13, 2016, with tickets sold in California, Florida, and Tennessee each winning a share, the lottery said.

"This dueling multihundred-million-dollar jackpot scenario is an industry first", New York Lottery Director Gweneth Dean said. They also have the Power Play option, which lifted their winnings to $2 million.

Powerball is held in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Deadline is 7:08 p.m. that day.

For the second draw in a row, a ticket sold in New Jersey matched four numbers and the Powerball worth $50,000.

  • Joey Payne