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Lotto fever spikes along with Mega-Millions, Powerball jackpots

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Our temperatures may be bitterly cold, but lottery fever is heating things up with a growing jackpot.

Both the Mega-Millions and Powerball jackpots are worth well over $350 million dollars each.

The two have only both ballooned past $300 million dollars at the same time once before.

Lower odds and new rules have helped boost the games' prizes, but also made it harder to win.

As some press their luck, attendants say they've seen some people go all-in, reaching for the jackpot.

"I've seen someone buy $150 dollars worth before. That was when it was big last time," said Gabby Garza, M&H Attendant.

The fever continues through Wednesday, the Powerball drawing is Wednesday night.

Texas Lottery Introduces America's First Triple-wide Scratch Ticket

$1,000,000 Big Money is the nation’s largest scratch game and offers 72 chances to win on every ticket

The Texas Lottery has launched the first triple-wide scratch ticket, $1,000,000 Big Money. At 12 inches by 12 inches, $1,000,000 Big Money is physically the largest scratch ticket game ever to be introduced in the United States. The new $20 scratch ticket features seven games, plus two bonus fast play areas. $1,000,000 Big Money offers 72 chances to win on every ticket.

“We are very excited to expand our scratch ticket portfolio and to be the first U.S. lottery to offer the largest scratch ticket on the market,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “Sales for our previous super-sized scratch tickets have been very successful, so we want to keep the momentum by continuing to provide innovative and entertaining games for our players. We anticipate that $1,000,000 Big Money will play a strong role in our mission to generate revenue for public education.”

With more than $137.5 million in total prizes, $1,000,000 Big Money offers six top prizes of $1,000,000, and overall odds of winning any prize are one in 3.44, including break-even prizes.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $27 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $50 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $21 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $85 million for programs supporting Texas veterans. The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five®, Texas Triple Chance™ and scratch ticket games

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