No Friday victor, Mega Millions jackpot rises to $343 million

No Friday victor, Mega Millions jackpot rises to $343 million

Corrections & Clarifications. A previous version of this article misidentified the date of the next Powerball drawing.

Without a victor, both lottery games have fattened, with top prizes well above $300 million.

Mega Millions says in the last 15 years, the first days of the new year seem to be lucky ones.

The Mega Millions jackpot climbed to $343 million after Friday's drawing yielded no jackpot winners.

Powerball is played in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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The last time the Mega Millions jackpot was won: October 13, when two winning ticket holders split a $42 million prize.

The jackpot was up to $306 million, among the game's all-time highest totals.

Though at 1-in-88 quadrillion, the odds of winning both jackpots are not in anyone's favor.

In August, an IL player won a $393 million jackpot.

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