Powerball, Mega Millions both above $300 million

December 29, 2017 - 8:54 am

(WWL.com) -- The multi-state Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries are sitting at combined jackpots of $690 million for the drawings that start tonight. Mega Millions, drawing Friday night, sits at $306 million, while Saturday night’s Powerball drawing is at $384 million. 

Louisiana lottery spokespman Dustin Annison says the numbers are historic.

"It's the second time in history that both jackpots are over $300 million at the same time," he said.

Powerball usually runs higher, but Annison says Mega Millions made a big change earlier this year to bring jackpots in line with its competitor.

"Back in late October the play went for a dollar a play to two dollars a play and the whole idea was to increase the jackpot."

Louisiana is no stranger to lotto winners, with a $191 million Powerball winner from Eunice back in October. Annison says he’s hoping to see a repeat win for the state.

"That was the last jackpot hit and hopefully we're fortunate enough to see another one of our players win again before the new year."

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