Three-quarters of a billion dollars is up for grabs in the next two multi-state lottery game drawings in Illinois.
Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot now has a top prize of $282 million… equal to a cash option of $161 million before taxes for a single winner. And the Mega Millions game rolled over again Tuesday night. That puts the prize for Friday’s drawing to at least $548 million. A single winner could take a lump sum of $309 million before taxes.
The odds of winning either game’s top prize is at least 1 in 259 million.