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Powerball Jackpot Set at $300 Million for Saturday Drawing

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The odds of picking the winning Powerball ticket might be one in 175.2 million, but that doesn't stop jackpot junkies across the country from employing their own superstitious tactics in hopes of matching the six lucky numbers.

With the Powerball drawing set at $300 million Saturday evening, thousands of lottery players are hoping luck is on their side when it comes to holding the golden ticket.

Both lottery officials and mathematicians said every Powerball ticket has the same chance of winning.

Still, jackpot-hopefuls have cited selection strategies like using the birthdates of loved ones or putting their fortune in the hands of a Quick Pick drawing to be crowned the game's newest multi-millionaire.

Nearly 80 percent of all ticket buyers let the computer do the picking, and with good reason – more Powerball winners have relied on randomization to ensure their success.

The multi-state lottery's most recent winner, 84-year-old Gloria C. Mackenzie of Zephyrhills, Fla., took home the whopping $590 million jackpot in June thanks to computer-generated numbers.

"While in line at Publix another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning Quick Pick ticket," she said in a statement, according to Florida lottery officials.

Mackenzie opted for the lump sum cash payout of $370.8 million before taxes, instead of 30 annual payments of $19 million, according to lottery spokeswoman Cynthia O'Connell.

As the prize skyrockets to astronomical possibilities, aspiring millionaires might turn to drastic measures to up the ante.

Some players tempt fate by crossing state borders to purchase a ticket from a so-called luckier location, lining up at gas stations and convenience stores where winning tickets have been drawn in the past.

But even though Indiana may hold the record for the most Powerball jackpots – coming in at a whopping 38 – and Pennsylvania, Missouri, Minnesota and Kentucky round out the top five, it's not worth the extra gas.

These states have merely been playing the multi-state lottery the longest.

While Californians might despair that no winning ticket has been drawn there, there's always a chance this time around. Residents were able to buy their first in-state tickets in April after California's lottery commission voted unanimously to join the Powerball game last November.

Looking for a lucky day of the week to win?

Although 60 percent of past winners bought their tickets on the day of the drawing, experts say there's no tell-tale sign that a purchase on the day of the drawing will make you a winner, as ticket sales tend to spike on the day of the drawing and especially within the final hours of sales.

If you're counting down the hours until Saturday's drawing, keep calm. If you've picked a winner, you're only six numbers away from millions of dollars and a media frenzy to boot.

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$312 Million Up for Grabs in Friday's Mega Millions Drawing

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lottery players looking to hit it big will have a chance to do so Friday when $312 million goes up for grabs in the drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot.

The previous drawing for $244 million on Tuesday failed to produce a winner, giving millionaire hopefuls in 41 states, Washington, D.C and the U.S. Virgin Islands another chance to snatch the big prize.

The top prize has been growing twice a week since Feb. 1, when the Bolke family of Illinois and a Michigan group of postal workers split a $93 million jackpot.

Friday's drawing will be held at 11 p.m. EST.

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No Winner: Mega Millions Jackpot Jumps to $304 Million

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at an estimated $304 million, as Tuesday night's drawing failed to produce a winner.

The winning numbers for the jackpot, which as of Tuesday was $244 million, were 1, 14, 35, 50, 53 and Mega Ball number 43.

The next drawing for the prize money will now be held Friday at 11 p.m. EST.

Mega Millions is played in 41 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The top prize has been growing twice a week since Feb. 1, when the Bolke family of Illinois and a Michigan group of postal workers split a $93 million jackpot.

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Jackpot Rising: No Winners in Latest Mega Millions Drawing

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If $242 million wasn't enough for you, now may be the time to jump into the Mega Millions lottery, with the jackpot rising to an estimated $290 million after no one held winning numbers in Friday's drawing.

But here is another number to keep in mind before blowing your savings on Tuesday night's drawing.  The odds of matching all five numbers, plus the mega-ball are 1 in 176,000,000.

Tuesday's likely jackpot is the highest prize since Missouri and Arkansas got into the game last year.  Mega Millions is played in 41 states and the District of Columbia.  Friday's drawing was the 14th straight without a winner.  That led to a snowballing effect as the jackpot grows each time the drawing is held with no winners.

Mega Millions numbers are drawn Tuesdays and Fridays.

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