Next up: $730M Powerball prize after no Mega Millions winner

Powerball and Mega Millions Lottery tickets (Photo: Ed Clemente / MGN)

DES MOINES, IA (AP) — Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players have another shot at a giant jackpot as a $730 million Powerball prize is on the line.

The Powerball jackpot up for grabs Wednesday night is the fifth-largest ever. It will come only a day after nobody won the even-larger Mega Millions prize, which now stands at $970 million.

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It’s the first time both lottery jackpots have topped $700 million.

No one has won either of the jackpots since mid-September, allowing the prizes to grow steadily for months.

The long stretch without a winner reflects the incredibly small odds of winning — one in 292.2 million for Powerball and one in 302.5 million for Mega Millions.