MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT KEEPS GROWING TO A MASSIVE $304 MILLION

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MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT KEEPS GROWING TO A MASSIVE $304 MILLION

DENVER, March 23, 2011 – Nobody hit last night’s multi-state Mega Millions jackpot, making Friday’s mega-jackpot drawing worth a massive $304 million! The winning ticket will be worth an estimated $193.6 million in cash. To get in on the action purchase your tickets by 7:30 p.m. MDT on Friday, March 25.

This is the largest Mega Millions jackpot since January 4, when a $380 million jackpot was split by two winning tickets from Idaho and Washington. The largest jackpot in Mega Millions history was a $390 million prize, won in March 2007 by two players in New Jersey and Georgia. The Colorado Lottery began selling Mega Millions tickets in May 2010, giving Colorado residents the chance to score big jackpots four nights a week. The Jackpot game is sold in 41 states and the District of Columbia.  

Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9 p.m. MDT. Mega Millions has a starting jackpot of $12 million and other prizes ranging from $2 to $250,000. To play, consumers choose five numbers from 1 to 56 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 46. Players that match the five numbers and the Mega Ball win the jackpot. Players can also opt to spend an extra $1 for a “Megaplier” option that will multiply their non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3 or 4 times, which would make a $250,000 prize an even $1 million.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – MatchPlay, Mega Millions, Cash 5, Scratch, Lotto and Powerball - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned more than $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. For more information, visit www.coloradolottery.com.

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heather.black@lottery.state.co.us

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March 23, 2011
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