Mega Millions and MatchPlay Christmas Eve Drawings Could Bring Joy to Colorado Players

Mega Millions and MatchPlay Christmas Eve Drawings Could Bring Joy to Colorado Players

Denver, CO, December 22nd, 2010 – The Colorado Lottery game Mega Millions is on another roll. This past Tuesday night’s $145 million jackpot spawned no new winners. The game’s top prize has now grown to $168 million for the December 24th, Christmas Eve drawing. This will be the largest Mega Millions jackpot since Colorado joined the game in May of 2010. The winning ticket will be worth an estimated $107 million in cash.

Additionally, Colorado’s MatchPlay drawing game has soared to its highest jackpot level since its start in February, 2010 at $535,331. Just like Mega Millions, MatchPlay’s next drawing will occur on Christmas Eve.

Mega Millions and MatchPlay are both jackpot games with drawings on Tuesday and Friday nights but they are vastly different in styles of play. The $1 game Mega Millions offers players one line of play for a chance to win a multi-million dollar jackpot with very high odds. MatchPlay offers more ways to win and gives players three lines of play for $2 but has much better odds of winning the jackpot.

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.

A relatively new game for the Colorado Lottery, MatchPlay was introduced in February of 2010. MatchPlay is a $2 game, there are three lines of numbers on each ticket and each ticket represents one play. Each line is an opportunity to win the jackpot and numbers matched on all lines can be added up to win a prize. The overall odds of winning are 1:6.

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 22, 2010
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