It seems that lotto players are in seventh heaven as they witness a history making jackpot in the offing.
Having expanded to a record $900 million for Friday night’s drawing, the Mega Millions jackpot is the hot ticket at convenience stores and just about any place that folks purchase their chance to win oodles of dough.
Reports indicate that it’s the second-largest lottery jackpot in US history. The increase comes a day after no ticket matched all six winning numbers drawn Tuesday night, according to a CBS News report. The new Mega Millions super huge prize dwarfs the Powerball $345 million jackpot which is up for grabs when those numbers are chosen 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday night.
The CBS News story indicated that Tuesday’s Mega Millions winning numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 with a Mega Ball of 9 for a jackpot worth $667 million at that moment. On Wednesday, the jackpot again increased; this time to $868 million and Mega Millions officials raised the amount of the jackpot. The estimated cash value for Friday’s jackpot is $513 million
Lucky winners can either choose the annuity option or the cash option. The annuity option allows winners to collect their prize money over a 29-year period. The cash option is the preferred choice among the select group of winners and most go that route.
The main reason why the jackpot keeps enlarging to such phenomenal numbers is because there has not been a winner since July 24th, when employees in a California office shared the winning ticket amounting to $543 million. That went down in the record books as the largest prize ever won on a single ticket in the game
Mega Millions says its previous record jackpot was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012.
“Everyone is talking about the jackpot and running out to buy tickets for tonight’s drawing,” Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director and Maryland Lottery and Gaming director, said in a press release about Tuesday night’s suspense.
Nine Mega Millions tickets from Tuesday’s drawing matched five white balls to win the second prize – $1 million. And one of those, sold in Texas, had the Megaplier option, available in most states for an extra $1. That ticket is worth $5 million.
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