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The Mega Millions jackpot is $875 million. Powerball reaches $600 million

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — If you're feeling the magic of St. Patrick's Day, you might want to buy a lottery ticket. Mega Millions and Powerball have racked up huge jackpots after weeks of rolling.

The Mega Millions jackpot is already estimated at $875 million for Tuesday night's drawing, after no tickets matched all six numbers drawn Friday night. Saturday night's Powerball jackpot is $600 million.

Just keep in mind that the chances of winning a lottery jackpot are very slim. Mega Millions players have a 1 in 302.6 million chance of winning the top prize. And it doesn't get much easier to win a Powerball jackpot with odds close to 1 in 292.2 million.

But the enthusiasm remains.

This is only the sixth time in the nearly 22-year history of the Mega Millions game that the jackpot has been this large, and five of those six jackpots have exceeded $1 billion, according to a Mega Millions release. Winning tickets were sold in South Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, Maine and Florida.

There was a big winner in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing. A ticket in New York matches the five white balls drawn and will bring in $1 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been rolled over 28 times since Dec. 8, when two winning tickets were drawn in California, lottery officials said. Mega Millions draws take place every Tuesday and Friday evening.

Mega Millions isn't the only current multi-million dollar jackpot. Saturday night's Powerball jackpot is estimated at $600 million after no one matched all six numbers Wednesday, officials said.

It was the 32nd rollover for the Powerball since Jan. 1, when a ticket in Michigan won a prize worth $842.4 million. The Powerball is drawn three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

If you're lucky enough to win one of the big jackpots, Robert Pagliarini, president and chief financial advisor of Pacifica Wealth Advisors, Inc. in Irvine, California, has some advice.

“Take a deep breath,” Pagliarini told the Associated Press. “You will be faced with many tax, legal and financial decisions, so I want you to keep your feet on the ground, because when you are calm, you can make much better decisions.”

Pagliarini suggested assembling a team to help make decisions, including an attorney, a tax professional and a financial advisor experienced in handling windfalls.

“Finally, even if you are guided by professionals, remember that it is your money and you are in control: they work for you. Ask questions and have them explain things so you understand them. The goal is to turn your sudden wealth into lasting wealth,” he said.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 and are sold in 45 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball tickets also cost $2 and are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Porto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

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