Two big jackpots are up for grabs in this week’s Powerball® and Mega Millions® drawings. Because of these high jackpots, the Nebraska Lottery reminds customers to play responsibly.
A string of drawings without a jackpot winner have grown the estimated Powerball jackpot to its highest level since December 2018. The Powerball starts at $40 million and continues to grow by at least $10 million each drawing until it is won. There have been 15 consecutive drawings since December 29 without a jackpot winner. This run has grown the estimated jackpot for the Wednesday, February 20 drawing to $282 million or $171.4 million with the cash option selected.
Mega Millions has also seen its jackpot grow over the last few months. There have been 13 drawings since January 4 without a jackpot winner, growing the estimated jackpot for the Wednesday, February 19 drawing to $206 million or $124.7 million with the cash option selected.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot on record occurred in October 2018 when one winner in South Carolina won a $1.537 billion jackpot. The largest Powerball jackpot on record occurred in January 2016 when three winners in California, Florida and Tennessee split a $1.586 billion jackpot.
Because of the high jackpots, the Nebraska Lottery encourages customers to play within their means. “It’s important for Nebraska Lottery players to remember that no matter how large the jackpot is, the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302 million, and the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million,” said Lottery Director Brian Rockey. “Your odds of winning remain the same, regardless of how many tickets are purchased or how many people play.” If you or someone you know has a problem with compulsive gambling, please call the Nebraska Problem Gambling Help Line toll free at 833-BETOVER (238-6837).
The mission of the Nebraska Lottery is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment options to Nebraskans. Over $717 million has been raised for the Nebraska Lottery’s beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.