Mega Millions jackpot reaches $363 million


January 2, 2009, was lucky for a victor who claimed a $47 million prize in California.

"The cold weather hasn't stopped those wanting to buy lottery tickets", said Corby Mead, manager of the Stogie's Discount Tobacco & Beer Downtown Store at 17 Washington Huntington.

UPDATE (10:38 a.m.): The Mega Millions jackpot has gone up to $361 million.

The victor of the Mega Millions jackpot could take home a $361 million annuity, or $225 million in cash. The cash option for Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is $278 million.

Overseas players can participate in the Powerball.

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Lottery fever is raging across the country with big money up for grabs in the next Mega Millions and Powerball drawings.

"Some are playing just the Powerball because it has the highest jackpot, but most appear to be getting at least one ticket for both", Maloney added. Three players from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland split the jackpot.

The odds of a $2 ticket hitting the jackpot are more than 292 million to 1. That includes 5 ticket holders in Iowa, New Hampshire and New Jersey who matched 5 numbers for $1 million. SiLive will also post the winning numbers.

The Powerball drawing on Wednesday will be the 20th since the last winning ticket was sold.

Tuesday's drawing will be the 22nd since the last winning ticket was sold on October 13.