Historically high combined Mega Millions and Powerball brings big excitment

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A single ticket sold in IL matched all six numbers in Friday's (Aug. 11) Mega Millions lottery drawing with a jackpot worth $393 million. The Illinois Lottery says a suburban Chicago barbecue restaurant sold the winning ticket.

If the owner of the winning ticket chooses the lump sum, they'll walk away with about $247 million before taxes. It was the largest jackpot in nearly a year, and the fifth largest prize in the game's 15 year history. Those tickets were sold in Washington state, OH and California, according to a release. The winning numbers drawn Friday night were 23, 33, 53, 56, 58 and the Mega Ball was 6. Tonight's Powerball prize is worth $356 million.

Nobody has won the Powerball jackpot since June. He won $61 million.

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The jackpot resets to $15 million for the next drawing on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

"I and my wife go there a few times a month".

The chances of winning either amusement are outrageous - one of every 292 million for Powerball, and one of every 259 million for Mega Millions. Two other jackpots have also been awarded this year - $191 million, also in California, and $177 million to a ticket he purchased in Arkansas.

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