The cash option on the prize is an estimated $225.9 million.
Math still suggests buying a lottery ticket is a losing bet. The cash value of the January 3 Powerball drawing will be $278.3 million. Both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots now are in the top 25 all-time USA lottery jackpot list - both for the annuity value and the cash value.
There were no winners in Saturday night's Powerball drawing, so the grand prize in that game has now reached $440 million ahead of another drawing Wednesday.More news: Meteorologist David Epstein breaks down the New Year's weekend forecast
Of course, they remain two separate lotteries, and the odds of winning either, let alone both, are astronomically stacked against ticket buyers. For Powerball, it's one in roughly 292 million.
The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday night, meaning some lucky player may see their 2018 off to an incredible start. Mega millions made a change in October, giving you more numbers to choose from - and making it harder to win.
The lottery jackpot numbers just keep climbing. The drawing for the Rolling Cash 5 is each night at 7:35 p.m. That includes 5 ticket holders in Iowa, New Hampshire and New Jersey who matched 5 numbers for $1 million.