The top American lotteries are running neck and neck. They are vying to offer the biggest jackpot in the world. Powerball’s jackpot is guaranteed in the next draw at $123 million while Mega Millions is slightly behind, with a guaranteed $119 million jackpot. Clearly Powerball and Mega Millions are in a race that will greatly benefit everyone who plays the lottery.
The Mega Millions jackpot last fell in the draw on January 27th, 2017. A single ticket holder from California successfully matched the five main numbers and the Mega Ball to win a huge jackpot prize of $191 million.
Less than a month later, a single lucky ticket holder from Indiana won an incredible Powerball jackpot prize of $435,300,000. That prize, won in the draw on February 22nd, 2017, was the 10th largest lottery jackpot ever!
Top American Lotteries Are Neck and Neck, Again
The rivalry between these hugely popular top American lotteries dates back several years. On March 30th, 2012, Mega Millions set a world record by awarding a jackpot of $656 million to three lucky ticket holders. Powerball nearly broke that record three times over the next four years. Powerball awarded a $587.5 million jackpot in November 2012; a $590.5 million jackpot in May 2013; and a $564.1 million jackpot in February 2015. Mega Millions almost broke its own record in December 2013 when it awarded a $648 million jackpot to two winners.
The tight race between the lotteries would soon take a remarkable turn. Powerball updated its rules in October 2015, increasing its guess range for the main numbers while reducing the Powerball guess range. As a result of these changes, it became much more difficult to win the Powerball jackpot.
At the end of 2015, the Powerball jackpot began rolling over, and over. The size of the jackpot grew astronomically, attracting huge interest all over the world. The Powerball jackpot kept growing until the draw on January 13, 2016, when an unbelievable prize of $1.586 billion was shared by three winners.
Fast forward to the summer of 2016. Once again, a tight race between Powerball and Mega Millions. July was a very exciting month for lottery play. In the draw on July 8th, 2016, a single winner from Indiana won a $536 million jackpot in Mega Millions. This is the highest cash value jackpot for one ticket ever awarded. Just three weeks later, in the draw on July 30th, 2016, Powerball awarded a jackpot of $487 million, also to a single ticket holder.
Where Will 2017 Take Us?
We are three months into 2017 and it’s hard to tell if, and when, new lottery jackpot records will be set. The huge Powerball jackpot prize awarded in February could signal that even bigger jackpots are coming our way. Perhaps Mega Millions will surprise us and regain the title of offering the biggest lottery jackpot in the world.
After all, this is an exciting time for lottery fans. If winning a huge jackpot prize is your goal, there is no time like the present. Hurry and buy your Powerball tickets now for the next draw!