The jackpot will continue to grow and now has a $278.3 million cash value. The Powerball jackpot has grown since October 28 and has rolled 19 times. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Powerball drawing is Wednesday for what will be the ninth largest jackpot in Powerball history.
And Americans do love buying lottery tickets. The $343 million prize would be the eighth-highest won, according to the Mega Millions website. It has a $215 million cash option and the drawing is Tuesday evening.
Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $2 per play.
theLotter.com, a messenger service which physically purchases lottery tickets on behalf of overseas players, has helped people win $110 million Cdn. since 2002: late 2015 an Iraqi client won the $8 million Cdn. jackpot in Oregon.
At no time in history have two USA jackpots been simultaneously greater than $400 million, but that milestone may be reached if the games roll another drawing or two.
The Powerball drawing on Wednesday will be the 20th since the last winning ticket was sold. Multipliers are available in all states offering the games except California, which bans the type of fixed prize payouts awarded by multipliers. The drawing for the Rolling Cash 5 is each night at 7:35 p.m.