$1 million Powerball ticket sold in New Jersey

A Mega Millions ticket is seen in a file

A Mega Millions ticket is seen in a file

Lottery officials raised the estimated prize Thursday, two days after no one picked the winning numbers. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in USA history.

Add that to the Mega Millions jackpot to be drawn Friday, which has swollen to $900 million, and there are combined jackpots well past $1.3 billion at stake. The jackpot has been rolling every drawing since July 27, when it started at $40 million.

Lottery officials say the ticket was sold at the Minit Mart #664 on Leestown Road.

The Powerball jackpot up for grabs Saturday night will be a hefty $430 million, with a cash value of $248 million. But only recently has the game been shelling out massive jackpots.

The next drawing will be Friday.

Reducing the number of balls for the first five numbers increases the chances of winning a smaller prize.

The jackpot keeps swelling because nobody has won since July 24, when 11 workers in a California office shared $543 million, the largest prize ever won on a single ticket in the game. The last Powerball jackpot, which totaled $245.6 million, was won August 11 by a man in Staten Island, New York.

While the odds of winning are a daunting 1-in-303 million - you're about 20,000 times more likely to be struck by lightning in your lifetime - it does happen.

Tickets are $2 at any place that sells N.C. lottery tickets.

You must match all five numbers plus the Mega number to win the grand prize.

For an extra $1 you can get a "Power Play" ticket in which you can increase the amount of the smaller prizes, but not the grand prize.

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