Kentuckians grab Mega Millions tickets before $450 million drawing

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP/WKYT) — The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has climbed to $450 million, just hours before the drawing.

The top prize was raised ahead of the drawing Friday night.

Lottery officials also increased the jackpot of Powerball, the other national lottery game, to $570 million. That drawing will be Saturday night.

The jackpots refer to the annuity options for both games, in which payments are made over 29 years. Most winners opt for cash options, which would be $281 million for Mega Millions and $358.5 million for Powerball.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is one in 302.5 million. Powerball has odds of one in 292.2 million.

In Kentucky, people are heading to gas stations across the Bluegrass in hopes of taking on the nearly impossible odds of winning.

"Someone will win. Maybe it'll be me.," Says ticket buyer Tori Nance. Nance is one of millions that hope their numbers are called Friday night.

Experts say someone has to win but it would be a miracle based on the odds.

"I mean, it's crazy," says Chip Polson with the Kentucky Lottery. "Take 302-million and multiply that by about 280 million, so I mean you really are more likely to be struck by lightning, but by a shark while being hit by a bus at the same time crossing the street to hit both of these at the same time. Somebody is going to win these things, that's the thing to keep in mind."

Both games are played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico also participates in Powerball.

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