For the first time in California Lottery history, both the Mega Millions and the Powerball jackpots have surpassed the $300 million mark at the same time.
As the drawing comes to a close for Mega Millions at 8 p.m. Friday, the jackpot sits at $393 million, the seventh largest jackpot in its history. The California Lottery estimates the lump sum payout option will be $218.3 million.
Powerball winning number will be drawn at 7:59 p.m. Saturday, with a jackpot of about $356 million. The lump sum payout is estimated at $193.2 million.
The California Lottery says this is the first time both jackpots have been above $300 million at the same time since California joined Mega Millions in 2005 and Powerball in 2013. Nobody matched all six winning numbers from either draw earlier this week, the lottery said.
Convenience store owners are seeing more people coming in to try and win big.
Blou Singh said he’s seen an increase in lottery ticket buying over the past two weeks in his store at 3464 E. Ventura Ave. in Fresno. “Once they hit over 300 million, people just get excited,” he said. Singh expects that lines will begin to form anywhere between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday.
He said he doesn’t gamble because he doesn’t see a reason for it. “It’s sad to say that the government is making a lot of money from people,” Singh said.
His store sold a $250,000 Scratcher around Christmas 2016, but the largest Powerball winner they’ve ever had wound up with only $1,500.
Singh said people have been coming in at all hours of the day to buy tickets. “When they go to work in the mornings, lunch time, when they get out of work. It’s pretty much spread out.”