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Powerball tickets are shown outside of a a liquor store Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Fremont, Calif. Officials estimated jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball lottery game has climbed to $700 million, making it the second largest in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Powerball and Mega Millions now total $783 million



Was one of your New Year's resolution to become a millionaire overnight? If so you need to head to your local convenience store and buy both Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets.

There were no winners in Saturday night's Powerball drawing, so the jackpot has now reached $440 million. The next drawing is Wednesday night.

The Mega Millions grand prize is Tuesday and it's almost as large-- it's up to $343 million.

The combined total for those two prizes: $783 million.

According to CNNMoney, it’s rare for the jackpots in both games to get so big. But it’s about to become more common. Both Mega Millions and Powerball have been changed to make the odds of winning the jackpot longer, meaning there will be more frequent giant jackpots.

In October, Mega Millions changed the numbers from which players can choose, bringing the odds of picking all six numbers to 1 in 302.6 million, from 1 in 258.9 million under the old format.

The move was similar to one made by Powerball in October 2015. That took the odds of winning that game from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball is played in all the same places, plus Puerto Rico.

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