BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two lottery jackpots sit nearly at a combined $1 billion. In a year where so many have struggled, a winning ticket could change the game for any family brave enough to play.

The Mega millions of winnings are at $447 million and Powerball sits at $410 million. Gordon Medenica, Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said it’s a chance to dream big.

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“It’s been a pretty dark year for most of us, so hopefully this will give everyone a chance if nothing else a nice dream,” he said.

This is the 10th largest prize in Mega Millions history and the highest Powerball in more than a year and a half.

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Fernando Diaz, who is playing the lottery, said he’s banking on winning the big bucks, but wouldn’t mind a smaller piece of the pie.

“Instead of having one lucky guy who gets $400 million, they should turn it to 400 people get $1 million,” Diaz said.

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Mega Millions will be drawn Tuesday at 11 p.m. while Powerball will be Wednesday night.

Rachael Cardin