Mega Millions Jackpot Won; Powerball At $600M

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USA TODAY -- Two winning jackpot tickets were sold in Friday's $190 million Mega Millions drawing, but even if you aren't holding those magic numbers in your hand, you have a chance at an even bigger prize Saturday night.

The winning tickets in the Mega Millions drawing were bought in New Jersey and Virginia, according to a news release on the lottery's website. The winning numbers were: 11, 15, 35, 43, 49 and a Mega Ball of 41.

Last-minute ticket purchases Saturday could push the Powerball jackpot -- already at a record $600 million -- even higher.

The largest lottery prize ever was doled out in March 2012 to winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland for a $656 million Mega Millions top prize. But even if Saturday's drawing doesn't top that jackpot, it's already the highest in Powerball history, surpassing that game's $587.5 million record set in November 2012.

Although the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175 million, Powerball is still drawing plenty of dreamers.

"This is beyond water cooler talk,'' says Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer. "Everyone wants a shot at it. When jackpots get to this level, we see sales three to four times normal. The universe of players expands to occasional players and a lot of first-timers jumping in."

While buying a Powerball ticket in New Castle, Del., on Friday, Alice Thielemann, 69, said she plays both Powerball drawings every week.

"I have the same numbers all the time, but I've never ever been a winner on Powerball. Maybe today will change my luck," she said.

Amy Farrell, 32, of Des Moines, said she would also donate some of her winnings, but would also buy a house and have a "heyday" blowing it.

"Four-wheelers, ATVs; lots of fast ATVs," Farrell said. "I'd have the best camper -- ever."

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