Lottery fever hits Southern New England as Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots near record highs

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WLNE) — The stakes are high for lottery players this week, as the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots have grown to a combined $1.6 billion dollars.

Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing of $850 million would be the second-largest prize in the game’s history if it is claimed.

The Powerball jackpot has crossed the $700 million mark for only the fourth time in history. It’s drawing for Wednesday night currently sits at $730 million.

Lottery stands along Route 1 in Attleboro and Pawtucket have been busy this week with hundreds of people catching lottery fever, so ABC6 had to ask: What would you do with the money?

“Probably give it to the hospital to take care of my medical bills because I’d probably have a heart attack,” joked Jeffrey Hahn from Attleboro.

“I would take at least $50 million and give it to the Rhode Island food bank,” said Ted Malcomb from Providence.

Neither game has had a winner in 35 drawing. The last time someone claimed a jackpot was in September.

Both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots already crack to top 10 lottery winnings in U.S. History, and continue to go up.

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