The Mega-Million lottery is over $1 billion 

March 25 – Someone could be a billion dollars richer when the Mega-Million and Powerball lotteries are pulled tomorrow night at 11 p.m. 

Collectively, the two lotteries are over $2 billion. 

Keep in mind if no winner comes forward, those numbers will just continue to grow. 

Lottery fever is definitely sweeping the nation. 

If someone wins tomorrow’s pull, it will be the fifth largest payout in the history of the game, according to the lottery. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “These are good developments for state governments because state governments benefit from these things. Retailers are getting a cut of the action, but it is remarkable. It just tells you how difficult it is to win these games when it just feels like routinely now you’re seeing these jackpots get up to over $1 billion dollars and then no one wins. It just tells you how difficult it is to win the game.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “In a weird way though, doesn’t it feel like with all these record highs but and when you know governments benefit from all the money people pour into it, it’s tempting, I’m sorry, but it’s tempting to think is this a little bit fixed? Is this a little oh, we’ll make sure none of the numbers that were sold are the ones that hit so we can keep pushing this, so we can get more money. Honest to goodness, there’s been so many scandals, and so many ways that we feel like things are being manipulated, it’s hard not to have that thought go through, at least in my head.” 

Barkdoll added, “The play is so large, many times you get up in the morning and even if you check these results at 5 or 6am, they still don’t know if there’s been a winner. I mean, it’s taking that long from overnight for these computers to process whether somebody won the game or not. But every state that’s selling these, the state government is a big beneficiary. Here in Pennsylvania, for example, the proceeds go to senior citizen programs. Retailers are getting a 5% cut of every dollar that’s sold. So a nickel out of every $1 may not sound like much, but when these things get high like this, think of the sales that these retailers are generating as well.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “You know full well that you go into these stores and you’re not just leaving with a couple of tickets. You’ll probably get a cup of coffee here, a snack or a candy bar, something like that. Good luck to you. What are the odds that you hit both of those numbers on the same draw? I’ll leave that for some smarter people here.”