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.
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.
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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