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Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Now Total $749 Million

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Thanks to strong ticket sales, the Mega Millions@ jackpot for the Friday, August 11, drawing was increased today to a $393 million annuity value or a $246 million cash prize. The jackpot initially rolled to a $382 million annuity value after Tuesday's drawing.

The Mega Millions and Powerball@ jackpots have never been this high at the same time. The Powerball jackpot for Saturday, August 12, carries a $356 million annuity value or a $224 million cash prize.

For $3, players can play both games and chase separate jackpots totaling $749 million.

"We urge players to always play responsibly, no matter the jackpot level," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko, noting that pooling ticket purchases with friends can be a fun way to play responsibly.

In Pennsylvania, tickets for both games are sold until 9:59 p.m. on drawing nights. Players are encouraged to play early to avoid the possibility of encountering lines at retailers.

Pennsylvania has sold 17 Powerball jackpot-winning tickets since joining the game in 2002, and two jackpot-winning Mega Millions tickets since joining the game in 2010. Pennsylvania's largest Powerball prize was a $110.2 million cash-value jackpot claimed by a New Jersey couple in 2004. The state's largest Mega Millions jackpot was an $86.7 million cash-value prize claimed by a Pittsburgh couple in 2014.

Powerball and Mega Millions are played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A Powerball ticket costs $2 and a Mega Millions ticket costs $1. Visit palottery.com for details on how to play.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $28 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

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