Are $1 billion lottery jackpots the new norm? Mega Millions surpasses mark, Powerball close

Mega Millions breached the $1 billion mark and it looks like the Powerball jackpot isn't too far behind. Is this the new normal for lottery jackpots?

It hasn't been until the last couple of years that lottery jackpots have hit the $1 billion mark, but now it seems like it is a regular occurrence and the top 10 wins for both games are littered with these astronomical prizes. Between the two lotteries, 10 jackpots in the United States have surpassed $1 billion since 2016.

And four of those were just last year.

Here's a look at the top prizes over the last couple of years and when you can try your luck at this Powerball and Mega Millions jackpot.

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Powerball numbers Monday, March 25, 2024

The winning numbers for Monday night's drawing were 7, 11, 19, 53, 68, and the Powerball is 23. The Power Play was 2X.

Did anyone win the Powerball 3/25/24?

No one matched all six numbers to win the Powerball jackpot.

Two tickets purchased in Florida and New York matched all five numbers except for the Powerball, those winners walked away with a $1 million prize.

The Powerball jackpot now sits at an estimate $865 million with a $416.1 million cash value.

How often does the lottery jackpot hit $1 billion or more?

Having Powerball or Mega Millions hit the $1 billion mark isn't as uncommon as it used to be.

The highest lottery jackpot came in November 2022 when Powerball hit $2.04 billion. It was the second jackpot over $1 billion that year. Before that the only other times a jackpot hit over a billion was in 2021, 2018 and 2016. There were four in 2023 alone.

On Friday, March 22, the Mega Millions jackpot hit $1.1 billion.

When was the last Mega Millions, Powerball $1 billion jackpot?

It has been seven months since the Mega Millions jackpot hit $1 billion and six months for the Powerball jackpot.

The last Powerball jackpot over $1 billion was won on Oct. 11, 2023. The winning ticket was sold in California and the prize was $1.765 billion. For Mega Millions, it was a $1.58 billion ticket sold in Florida on Aug. 8, 2023.

When is the next Powerball drawing?

The Powerball jackpot drawings are held three times per week at approximately 10:59 p.m. ET every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

When is the next Mega Millions drawing?

It is tonight.

You still have time to buy a ticket for the Tuesday, March 26 drawing at 11p.m. ET.

How likely are you to win the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot?

The lotto numbers start to rise and you dream of what you could do with all the winnings, but the chances of winning big are pretty slim.

Lottery games are mostly only lucrative for the private companies that states hire to run them, said Lew Lefton, a faculty member with the Georgia Tech School of Mathematics, in a USA Today article. In fact, winning big in Mega Millions and Powerball is even harder now because recent rules make the odds even longer so lottery games can sell more tickets, he added.

Top 10 all time Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots

Here are the nation's all-time top 10 Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots, according to

  1. $2.04 billion, Powerball — Nov. 7, 2022; California.

  2. $1.765 billion, Powerball — Oct. 11, 2023; California.

  3. $1.586 billion, Powerball — Jan. 13, 2016; California, Florida, Tennessee.

  4. $1.58 billion, Mega Millions — Aug. 8, 2023; Florida.

  5. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions — Oct. 23, 2018; South Carolina.

  6. $1.35 billion, Mega Millions — Jan. 13, 2023; Maine.

  7. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions — July 29, 2022; Illinois.

  8. $1.1 billion, Mega Millions — March 26, 2024; TBD.

  9. $1.08 billion, Powerball — July 19, 2023; California.

  10. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions — Jan. 22, 2021; Michigan.

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