For those with a resolution to get rich in 2018, the state lottery is starting the year with three of its highest jackpots, totalling over $790 million, according to a statement from the Massachusetts State Lottery.
"The cold weather hasn't stopped those wanting to buy lottery tickets", said Corby Mead, manager of the Stogie's Discount Tobacco & Beer Downtown Store at 17 Washington Ave.in Huntington.
The Mega Millions jackpot is no slouch, either. The cash value of the January 2 Mega Millions drawing will be $225 million.
For only the second time in history, USA lottery players have two opportunities to try for jackpots exceeding $300 million.
With no lucky victor in Friday night's drawing, the Mega Millions jackpot swelled to $361 million for Tuesday's drawing.
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Increasing jackpots with no winning tickets drawn continue to attract new players with Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries both topping the $300 million mark.
The Mega Millions victor was also drawn Friday without a victor.
Indeed, Business Insider looked at the similarly large jackpots before last weekend's drawings and concluded that, even though the headline prizes are getting pretty big, the math suggests buying a ticket is not a winning bet. It was sold in MA.
In October, Mega Millions changed the numbers from which players can choose, bringing the odds of picking all six numbers to 1 in 302.6 million, from 1 in 258.9 million under the old format. SiLive will also post the winning numbers. Eastern Time and Powerball drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 10:59 p.m.