Mega Millions winning numbers announced for $253 million jackpot

Dina Rudick  Globe Staff  File

Mega Millions, Powerball and Megabucks Doubler drawings are all available via the Lottery's website - masslottery.com, and can also be viewed on the Lottery's official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

Mega Millions will draw on Friday night for a $247 million prize, with Powerball following up on Saturday with a drawing for a $300 million jackpot. The $300 million jackpot is also the highest Powerball prize since August 23, when a $758.7 million jackpot was won from a ticket sold in Chicopee.

The jackpot was estimated at $309.6 million, the fourth time this year the prize value hit the $300 million mark.

While the jackpot gets the most attention, there are other prizes to be won in Powerball.

The next Lotto 47 drawing is Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 7:29 p.m. with a jackpot of $1.2 million.

The last time there was a Powerball jackpot victor was October 26 with a single ticket worth $191.1 million.

Jackpot winners choose whether to receive 30 annual payments, each five percent higher than the last, or a lump-sum payment.

Tickets for both games are sold until 9:59 p.m. on drawing nights. The odds of winning the jackpot with a $2 ticket are 1 in 292,201,338. Tickets are on sale until 10:45 p.m. Friday.

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