Texas Lotto racks up $1.7b combined jackpot

AUSTIN — Texas Lottery players are on the edge of their seats as they wait to hear the winning numbers for this weekend's jackpot prizes offering a combined $1.7 billion in winnings.

The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday, March 22, stands at an estimated annuitized $977 million, and the Saturday, March 23 Powerball drawing stands at an estimated annuitized $750 million.

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This weekend's drawings are the sixth-largest and ninth-largest in game history.

“Texas Lottery players have their sights set on winning at least one of these massive jackpot prizes this weekend,” said Ryan Mindell, deputy executive director of the Texas Lottery.

Since both games are among the top 10 largest prizes in each game's history, the Texas Lottery reports a spike in ticket sales as people try their luck, boosting revenue for public education.

If no one wins this weekend's drawings, the Mega Millions jackpot will rise to $1.1 billion and the Powerball to $800 million.

"As these jackpots grow and reach exciting levels, we want to remind everyone to play responsibly," Mindell said. "It only takes one ticket to win."

Texas has had 14 Mega Millions jackpot winners since it joined the game in 2003 and two Powerball winners since 2010.

"If you are fortunate to be holding a jackpot-winning ticket after either of the drawings, it is recommended that you sign it, put it in a safe place, seek financial and legal advice, and then call the Texas Lottery to set up an appointment to claim the prize,” Mindell advised.

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Mega Millions is played by choosing five numbers from a field of 70 and one Mega Ball number from the second field of 25 numbers. To win the Mega Millions jackpot, players must match all six numbers drawn including the Mega Ball.

Players win the Powerball Grand Prize by matching five numbers from a field of 69 numbers and one Powerball number from a field of 26 numbers.

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