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Mega Millions jackpot nears $1 billion ahead of Friday night’s drawing

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) – The Mega Millions lottery jackpot continues to climb after no one picked the winning combination for Tuesday night’s drawing.

The jackpot stands at $970 million, the second largest total in its history, South Carolina Educational Lottery spokesperson Holli Armstrong said.

If any single player correctly picks all matching numbers for Friday’s drawing, they would be eligible for a $716 million payout.

More than 69,000 players in South Carolina won prizes ranging from $2 to $10,000 in Tuesday’s drawing.

The all-time record for a Mega Millions jackpot was $1.5 billion. The winner of that prize purchased their ticket in Simpsonville in October 2018.

Tickets for Friday’s 11 p.m. drawing must be puchased by 10 p.m.

The odds of winning are 1 in 303 million.

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The Mega Millions lottery jackpot continues to climb after no one picked the winning combination for Tuesday night’s drawing.

SC Lottery officials talk about Mega Millions, Powerball ahead of drawings

Posted: Jan 11, 2021 / 06:23 PM EST / Updated: Jan 11, 2021 / 06:23 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Mega Millions and Powerball totals are steadily increasing and getting closer to a historic rate.

“The powerball and the mega millions jackpot when they’re added together this week, they total more than one billion dollars,” said Holli Armstrong, Communications Coordinator with the South Carolina Lottery.

The Mega Millions total has been adjusted to $615 million while the Powerball total is now $550 million.

This would mark the second time that both jackpots combined have equaled out to be greater than $1 billion.

The last time this happened was in October 2018, when the winning ticket was actually purchased in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Armstrong explained how the adjustments are figured out for each drawing.

“This is an indicator that sales nationally are strong because the jackpot is based on sales, so when you see an adjustment that just means that a lot of people are playing and are interested in taking a chance on the jackpot,” she said.

Although no one has won the jackpot yet, more than 70,000 people in South Carolina experienced some sort of winnings during last weekend’s drawing.

Armstrong gave some examples of what people did with their jackpot winnings.

“Most winners here in South Carolina, they want to do what anyone else would want to do. They want to give to their family, some want to give to their church. They want to help others,” said Armstrong.

I also decided to take it a step further and reach out to people via Facebook to see what they would do if they were to win the jackpot.

Some of those answers can be seen below:

Before you head to your local gas station and convenience store to buy a ticket and participate in the drawing, Armstrong had one last thing to tell potential players.

“The odds of winning are long. For Powerball, you’re looking at around one and 293 million, for Mega Millions, one and 303 million, so we encourage everyone to play smart…play in moderation, and please play responsibly.”

Holli Armstrong, SC Lottery

The drawing for the Mega Millions will take place on Tuesday, January 12 at 11:00 pm while the drawing for the Powerball will happen on Wednesday, January 13 at 10:59 pm.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Mega Millions and Powerball totals are steadily increasing and getting closer to a historic rate. “The powerball and the mega millions jackpot when they’re added together this week, they total more than one billion dollars,” said Holli Armstrong, Communications Coordinator with the South Carolina Lottery. The Mega Millions total has […] ]]>