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Powerball & Mega Millions race to $300 million

Powerball $279 million, Mega Millions $273 million
Powerball $279 million, Mega Millions $273 million(North Carolina Education Lottery)
Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 9:59 AM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - On June 14, Powerball scratched past $250 million, now the race is on to see which jackpot can reach $300 million.

Friday’s Mega Millions stands valued at $273 million while the Powerball is valued a little more at $279 million. That $6 million gap is easily recoverable for Mega Millions though. If neither jackpot has a winner this weekend then one or both of these jackpots could exceed $300 million.

“What’s fun about this neck-and-neck race to $300 million is that either the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot would be a tremendous win for someone in North Carolina,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the North Carolina Education Lottery. “All it takes is one lucky ticket to win so play smart this weekend as you try to bring home one of these jackpots.”

Residents in Eastern Carolina are thrilled about the opportunity to win a large sum and change their lives.

“Give it a chance, you spend money every day on different things that you do not have a chance of getting nothing,” Roger Williams, a Greenville resident said. “You have a good chance of winning millions of dollars, a lot of people have won millions of dollars and you might be the one to win that millions of dollars. That is why I try every day.”

The chances of winning the Powerball are 1 in 292 million and 1 in 302.5 million for the Mega Millions.

Still, every drawing puts together numerous prizes even when no one wins the jackpot.

Williams said if he were to win the jackpot, he would buy a new home and a nice car for his children.

“I would be very happy,” Greenville resident Brenda Carolwooten joined in.

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