Pre-Christmas cash up for grabs as jackpots soar before holiday

Estimated jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball now both are over the $200-million mark. (MGN Online)

Estimated jackpots for Powerball and Mega Millions have soared over $200 million with Christmas just a week away.

Powerball’s jackpot is at $269 million, while Mega Millions’ jackpot is at $223 million. The next drawing for Powerball is Wednesday, and Mega Millions will be up for grabs again on Tuesday.

No one had the winning Powerball ticket in Saturday’s drawing to set the stage for a large midweek drawing that has an estimated cash value of $171.3 million. There was one Match 5 winning ticket sold in New York.

Meanwhile, Mega Millions’ jackpot has an estimated cash value of $141 million.

Tickets must be purchased by 9:59 p.m. Tuesday for Mega Millions and 9:59 p.m. Wednesday for Powerball.

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