Jackpots for Mega Millions, Powerball increase to more than $800 million

The jackpots for the Mega Millions and Powerball lottery games have increased to more than $800 million. (MGN)

The jackpots for the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries increased to a combined $800 million on Tuesday.

The Mega Millions grand prize was expected to hit $361 million before Tuesday night's drawing, according to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

The top prize for Powerball, which will be drawn Wednesday night, is estimated to be $440 million.

“Usually, when national draw game jackpots get over $250 or $300 million, people really start to get excited about them -- with Powerball topping $440 million, these jackpots eclipsed that,” Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woodley said in a statement Tuesday.

The top prize for the Natural State Jackpot increased to $135,000 on Tuesday. The Arkansas-only game draws Monday through Saturday.

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