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Both Mega Millions and Powerball Jackpots Are Now Over $400,000,000

September 17, 2021

The Illinois Lottery Announces Fiscal Year 2021 Results

CHICAGO—For the first time in at least six months, both of the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are above $400,000,000 at the same time.

There is a combined prize total of $862,000,000 on offer over the next two draws, which is the highest combined jackpot total since January 2021.

Both jackpots have been on a roll throughout the summer, with the Powerball last hit in early June and Mega Millions hit in late May.

Tonight, the Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $405,000,000. The deadline to buy a ticket for a chance to win this cash prize is 8:59pm Central Time on Friday, which is draw day.

On Saturday, the Powerball drawing will have an estimated $457,000,000 jackpot on offer. The deadline to buy a Powerball ticket is 8:59pm Central Time on Saturday, which is draw day.

Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $2 each, and players can add the Megaplier or the Power Play for an additional $1 for the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes.  Mega Millions will be drawn on Friday, September 17, at 10 P.M. CT.  and Powerball will be drawn on Saturday, September 18, at 9:59 P.M. CT.  It’s never been easier for residents 18 and over to play as Illinois Lottery draw-based game tickets can be purchased online, in-store and on the Illinois Lottery app.  Visit for more information.


About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at Players must be at least 18 years old.