UPDATE: The winning numbers in Tuesday evening’s drawing of the “Mega Millions” game were:
11-17-50-52-74, Mega Ball: 14, Megaplier: 2
HAMDEN,Conn. (WTNH)– One ticket could probably make all your dreams come true. The Mega Millions jackpot is up for grabs Tuesday night. But if you don’t win it, there’s another huge jackpot on Wednesday night.
If you like to dream about what you’d do with a big lottery jackpot, today is twice as nice. The two big games, Mega Millions and Powerball are both over $300 million. Some folks News8 found buying tickets at the Krauzers on Whitney Ave. in Hamden already had tickets.
“Yes, I already had one, but 300 and 300 is too much to pass up,” said Hamden resident Bert Martus.
Mega Millions is the bigger prize right now. The estimated jackpot for Tuesday night’s drawing is $346 million. That is a lot of money, but it’s not even the biggest jackpot this year. There were two Powerball jackpots already in 2017 that were well over $400 million.
Powerball tickets are twice as much as Mega Millions, so that prize goes up faster. Powerball is currently at an estimated $307 million for Wednesday’s drawing. Historically not a huge jackpot, but still a life changing amount of money if you win.
“If I win, I’m probably going to go on a little vacation, buy a better car, and try to take care of my family, honestly, said Bill Willis of Hamden. “In this economy nowadays, everybody’s struggling.”
“I’m going to Disneyland, Disney World, whatever,” said Hamden Resident Napoleon Ellis. “I’m going to try to go as many times as I can with the grandkids.”
The odds of winning either is more than 200 million to one. Even regulars say it does not usually pay off.
“Nah, $5 here or there. That’s about it,” admits Ellis. He keeps dreaming, however. “Oh yeah. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming, man.”
Everyone else can stop dreaming, though, because Martus assured us he had already purchased the winning ticket.
“I’ve got it right here,” Martus said. “They might as well stay home.”
Some customers were so confident there were waiting to buy their Powerball ticket for tomorrow night’s drawing until they find out if they won tonight’s Mega Millions drawing. That drawing is at 11 p.m.