Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots surge past $300 million


If you didn't score the big Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot this week to top off the year, you aren't alone.

An estimated $343 million jackpot is up for grabs in the next Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday after no victor was declared for Friday night's $306 million drawing. And you still have one more chance in 2017. This means the first Mega Millions jackpot for 2018 will roll over again.

Powerball is played in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

There have been eight Mega Millions jackpots worth at least $336 million.

Cold spell to stretch through New Year's
Local temperatures will remain below freezing most of the week with a blast of arctic air causing them to plummet this weekend. On Saturday there is a chance of rain and snow showers in the morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The largest all-time Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million, which was split by three winners in March 2012.

The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won at $42 million on October 13.

The odds of winning the jackpot, according to Powerball, are 1 to 292,201,338.