Lottery players are lining up for two chances at massive jackpots.
First is Friday night’s $393 million Mega Millions jackpot, the fifth-largest in that game’s history and the 17th-largest ever in the United States. The prize has been building since the last winner at the end of April.
Then on Saturday comes the Powerball jackpot, which stands at $356 million and has been building since June 10. Between the two games, there have been 34 straight drawings without a jackpot winner.
The odds of winning either are extreme — one in 292 million in Powerball, one in 259 million in Mega Millions. And if the odds against winning one are ridiculous, the odds of winning both are essentially ridiculous squared — roughly one in 76 quadrillion, or 76 followed by 15 zeros.