(Reuters) – People who included Mega Million tickets on their vacation buying lists have a shot at successful greater than $300 million in Tuesday’s drawing, the most important Christmas Day jackpot within the historical past of the multi-state lottery.
The grand prize has grown to $321 million after a nine-week spell with out a winner. Mixed with a $294 million Powerball jackpot up for grabs on Wednesday, the vacation week may ship prizes value greater than $600 million.
The televised Mega Thousands and thousands drawing, solely the fifth ever on Christmas Day, is ready for 11 p.m. Jap time (0400 GMT Wednesday), with a machine choosing six numbered balls, together with the “Mega ball.” There have been no Christmas Day grand prize winners to date, Mega Thousands and thousands mentioned.
The pot, whose worth is calculated on the idea of a 29-year payout, is drawn from gross sales in 44 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The instant money worth of the prize, which winners can choose to take, is $193.7 million, Mega Thousands and thousands mentioned.
Whereas the chances of hitting the jackpot are one in 302.6 million, the possibilities of turning a $2 Mega Thousands and thousands ticket right into a winner of any variety, together with a $2 prize merely for matching the “Mega ball,” are one in 24.
The most important-ever Mega Thousands and thousands prize, $1.537 billion, went to the holder of a single ticket in a drawing on Oct. 23. The ticket was offered in South Carolina to somebody who has but come ahead, Mega Thousands and thousands mentioned.
That successful ticket fell simply wanting the U.S. document, a $1.586 billion Powerball grand prize in 2016.
(Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Enhancing by Leslie Adler)