No one bagged the Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday night, so Friday night's numbers are good for at least a $600 million payout if you score.

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Tonight's Powerball drawing has a $550 million jackpot up for grabs and if no one claims that, it'll be the third back-to-back huge jackpot nights between Mega Millions and Powerball in 2021. Mega Millions is played on Tuesdays and Fridays, Powerball is contested Wednesdays and Saturdays.

It wasn't the grand prize, but six figures is awfully nice and a Hermiston, Oregon man recently scored $100,000 on a Powerball ticket.

Laurie Longhorn, manager of the Short Stop #1 in Hermiston thinks she will see even more customers come in tonight after her store sold the $100,000 winning Powerball ticket last week.

“The higher the jackpot gets, the more people come in,” Longhorn said. “With this news we might see even more people.”

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Tonight's Powerball jackpot is the ninth largest jackpot in the game’s history. According to Longhorn, that type of jackpot, and Thursday night’s $750 million Mega Millions jackpot are bringing some joy and some much needed monetary relief to retailers facing difficult times this year.

Longhorn said her store sold a larger Keno jackpot a few years ago, but to her knowledge, this is the largest prize they have sold.

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Bradley Plate of Hermiston purchased his winning ticket at the Short Stop #1 in Hermiston. Plate’s Powerball ticket for the Saturday, Jan. 9 Powerball drawing matched four of the white ball numbers, leaving one white ball number and the power ball number unmatched.

By matching those four numbers, and wisely adding the Power Play multiplier option, Plate’s $50,000 prize was doubled to $100,000, thanks to the Power Play multiplier of 2 that was drawn for that drawing. The jackpot was $470 million for the Jan. 9 drawing.

“This really is awesome news, it would be amazing if we sold the jackpot ticket tonight,” Longhorn said. “We have lots more people coming in and getting tickets. Customers always tell us if they win the big one they will come back and give some to us.”

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