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# There's a combined \$1 billion in Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots. Here are your odds of winning

Key Points
• For the \$654 million Mega Million jackpot, your chance of winning is 1 in 302.6 million. For Powerball's \$345 million top prize, it's 1 in 292 million.
• The chance of winning both is 1 in 88 quadrillion (that's 15 zeros).
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Between the nation's two largest lotteries, there's nearly \$1 billion in jackpot money up for grabs. The odds of hitting all winning numbers in either game? Pretty bad.

For the \$654 million Mega Million jackpot — which marks the game's second-largest top prize ever — your chance of winning is 1 in 302.6 million. For Powerball's \$345 million top prize, it's 1 in 292 million.

The chance of winning both is at least 1 in 88 quadrillion. That's 88 followed by 15 zeros.

### Top lottery jackpots

 1 \$1.586 billion Jan. 13, 2016 Powerball CA, FL, TN 2 \$758.7 million Aug. 23, 2017 Powerball MA 3 \$656 million Mar. 30, 2012 Mega Millions KS, IL, MD 4 \$654 million ???? Mega Millions ???? 5 \$648 million Dec. 17, 2013 Mega Millions CA, GA 6 \$590.5 million May 18, 2013 Powerball FL 7 \$587.5 million Nov. 28, 2012 Powerball AZ, MO 8 \$564.1 million Feb. 11, 2015 Powerball NC, PR, TX 9 \$559.7 million Jan. 6, 2018 Powerball NH 10 \$543 million July 24, 2018 Mega Millions CA

Source: Source: Powerball

In comparison, your chance of being struck by lightning in your lifetime is 1 in 14,600, according to the National Weather Service.

If no one hits the Mega Millions jackpot, the prize likely would jump past the game's existing record of \$656 million in March 2012. In that instance, the amount was split three ways.

Meanwhile, two past Powerball jackpots were even bigger: nearly \$1.6 billion in January 2016 and \$758.7 million in August 2017.

The next drawings are Tuesday night for Mega Millions and Wednesday night for Powerball.