By CBS3 Staff

NEW JERSEY (CBS) – Dreaming of winning it big in 2021? Lottery jackpots are soaring, and now close to $1 billion are up for grabs in the combined jackpots of Mega Millions and Powerball.

Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Soar To Nearly $1 Billion Combined

This is only the third time in history that both have jackpots larger than $400 million at the same time.

Not just the cup of coffee in hand while walking out of Wawa Wednesday morning. Vicki Grimm, of Conshohocken, also bought a Powerball ticket.

“My husband and I buy Powerball and Mega Millions every week,” she said.

Grimm is a frontline health care worker helping to test 130 people a day for the coronavirus. She could use a break.

“I would love to retire. Sell my house. Buy a bigger house,” Grimm said. “But with that amount of money, you could buy a second, third, fourth house, a beach house in Cape May.”

Even a portion of Powerball’s estimated $410 million jackpot would do that.

The Mega Millions jackpot is even bigger.

After no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday, that jackpot has jumped to $490 million. It would be the eighth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

Winning $1M Mega Millions Ticket Sold In New Jersey As Jackpot Grows To $490 Million

However, someone in New Jersey matched five numbers, winning a million dollars.

“All the kids get a house and the grandkids would get a scholarship,” Rasheed Butler of West Philly said.

And get this – Butler would keep working.

“I’m buying a bunch of dump trucks to start my dump truck business,” he said. “And me and my guys are going to take over the industry.”

People would even be happy with a smaller prize to keep the holiday gift-giving season going well into the new year.

Powerball’s drawing is Wednesday night.

The next Mega Millions drawing is on Friday.


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