Mega Millions Soars to a Holly Jolly Jackpot Amount

Mega Millions Soars to a Holly Jolly Jackpot Amount

Denver, CO, December 15th, 2010- Colorado Lottery players have a chance to jingle all the way to the bank. Since no one won Tuesday night’s $104 million jackpot, the game’s top prize has now grown to $123 million for the December 17th, Friday night drawing. This will be the third largest Mega Millions jackpot since Colorado joined the game in May of 2010. The winning ticket will be worth an estimated 78.2 million in cash.

Mega Millions is Colorado Lottery’s newest multi-state Jackpot game and is played in 41 states, Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands. Mega Millions is $1 per play, players select 5 out of 56 numbers, and selects 1 out of 46 for the Mega Ball number. The jackpot starts at $12 million and continues to grow until there’s a winner. Mega Million drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at approximately 9:00 p.m. The largest jackpot in Mega Million’s history so far went to two residents in Georgia and New Jersey and was $390 million. And just like Powerball, proceeds from the sale of Mega Millions tickets stay in Colorado.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Lotto, Powerball, Cash 5, Scratch, MatchPlay and Mega Millions stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned more than $2.2 billion to the state of Colorado since it was established. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks, the Lottery has provided funding for new trails, precious open space and wildlife protection.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tom Cargal

CELL: 303.945.9724
tom.cargal@lottery.state.co.us

December 15, 2010
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