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Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots combined at over $1 billion

Illinois Lottery players have two chances to start 2023 off with a bang, as the jackpots on offer for multi-state lottery games Mega Millions and Powerball combined are over $1 billion.

The Powerball jackpot for tonight’s drawing is an estimated $265 million and the Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday night’s drawing currently stands at $785 million – the fourth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

Six months ago, a $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot, which marked the third largest lottery prize in U.S. history, was won with a single ticket purchased at the Speedway gas station in Des Plaines.

In addition to that historic over billion dollar prize win, nine other Illinois residents won prizes of $1 million or more with Mega Millions and seven players won prizes of $1 million or more with Powerball last year.

In total, Mega Millions and Powerball players have purchased nearly 7.24 million winning tickets and won over $1.4 billion in prizes in 2022 in Illinois.

With over 7,000 Illinois Lottery retailers across the State, lottery players can conveniently pick up a ticket at their local store – or they can login to the Illinois Lottery website or app and purchase a ticket online.

Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $2 each, and players can add the Megaplier or Power Play for an additional $1 for the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes.

The next Powerball drawing is tonight, January 2, and the next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday, January 3 at 9:59 p.m. (CT).

About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $24 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes. For more information, visit

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