Large jackpots drawing people to play the lottery

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of western Massachusetts lottery players are buying their tickets for this week’s drawings.

The winning numbers for the Mega Millions drawing were drawn Tuesday night: 1-4-26-35-39 with a mega ball of 22.

Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot went up to $265 million, and there’s a $348 million grand prize for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing. No one has hit either jackpot since early January.

Amherst resident Bob Davidson told 22News that he plans to buy a few tickets even though the odds are against him.

“You never know. You can’t win unless you play, right?” Davidson said. “But I don’t want to waste too much money on something that. I have a better chance to get struck by lightning three times than winning.”

The odds of winning were roughly one in $259 million for Mega Millions and one in $292 million for Powerball.

A LendEDU study found the average Massachusetts resident spends nearly $735 on lottery tickets every year.

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