Almost $550M up for grabs in this weekend's lottery drawings

Visions of dollar signs could be dancing in your head rather than sugarplums as Christmas approaches.

The stage is set for some sizable pre-holiday jackpot drawings. Powerball has jumped to an estimated $300 million after no one had the winning numbers Wednesday. Mega Millions is at an estimated $247 million.

Lottery players have their next shot at becoming multimillionaires on Friday for Mega Millions and on Saturday for Powerball. Both drawings are scheduled for about 11 p.m.

The cash option for Mega Millions is $155 million and $191.1 million for Powerball.

Players must buy their tickets by 9:59 p.m. on the days of the respective drawings.

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