Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are $2 each. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are $2 each. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

$1.2 billion, baby! Powerball and Mega Millions pots soar

Drawings are Tuesday and Wednesday. Local retailers report an uptick in sales.

Hold onto your hats. This thrill ride will cost you $4.

About $1.2 billion is up for grabs mid-week in two lottery pots combined.

Mega Millions, which draws Tuesday night, is at $615 million. Powerball is at $550 million for Wednesday’s drawing.

Tickets are $2 each.

The cash option is $451.8 million for Mega Millions and $411.4 million for Powerball.

If nobody hits either, the joint jackpots could tilt over $1.5 billion for drawings on Friday and Saturday.

And then it will just keep growing even more ginormous until won.

Mega Millions top prize ever was $1.537 billion in 2018 and $1.586 billion in 2016 for Powerball.

The odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 303 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292 million for Powerball.

The odds are better at losing $4.

Andrea Brown: abrown@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3443. Twitter @reporterbrown.

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