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Between the nation’s two largest lotteries, there’s nearly $1 billion in jackpot money up for grabs. The odds of hitting all winning numbers in either game? Pretty bad.

Top lottery jackpots

1$1.586 billionJan. 13, 2016PowerballCA, FL, TN
2$758.7 millionAug. 23, 2017PowerballMA
3$656 millionMar. 30, 2012Mega MillionsKS, IL, MD
4$654 million????Mega Millions????
5$648 millionDec. 17, 2013Mega MillionsCA, GA
6$590.5 millionMay 18, 2013PowerballFL
7$587.5 millionNov. 28, 2012PowerballAZ, MO
8$564.1 millionFeb. 11, 2015PowerballNC, PR, TX
9$559.7 millionJan. 6, 2018PowerballNH
10$543 millionJuly 24, 2018Mega MillionsCA
Source: Powerball

In comparison, your chance of being struck by lightning in your lifetime is 1 in 14,600, according to the National Weather Service.

If no one hits the Mega Millions jackpot, the prize likely would jump past the game’s existing record of $656 million in March 2012. In that instance, the amount was split three ways.

Meanwhile, two past Powerball jackpots were even bigger: nearly $1.6 billion in January 2016 and $758.7 million in August 2017.

The next drawings are Tuesday night for Mega Millions and Wednesday night for Powerball.

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