Colorado winner gets a $1 million piece of the Mega Millions pie!

Colorado winner gets a $1 million piece of the Mega Millions pie! 


Mega Millions Fever Benefits Colorado


DENVER, March 31, 2012A ticket sold at the 7-Eleven located at 4040 E. 8th Ave. in Denver matched five numbers with the “Megaplier” option in last night’s Mega Millions drawing – making the ticket worth $1 million! Another ticket sold at 7-Eleven at 6802 S. Yosemite St. in Centennial also matched five numbers without the Megaplier for $250,000.

Last night’s $640 million Mega Millions jackpot was the largest the world has ever seen! Mega Millions fever was in full force and Colorado residents purchased more than $10 million in Mega Millions tickets since Sunday! To put that in perspective a typical week sees Mega Millions sales of $500,000. Even though the winning jackpot ticket was not sold in Colorado, the State will still benefit from the unprecedented sales spike in more ways than one.  

Proceeds from Mega Millions sales stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. In Fiscal Year 2011 Mega Millions resulted in $25.1 million in sales, $12.5 million in prizes and $8.2 million in proceeds contributions. Proceeds are distributed through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to provide funding for parks and recreation, precious open space and wildlife protection.  Retailers also receive a 7 percent commission on Mega Millions sales, benefiting Colorado’s economy.

The Colorado Lottery began selling Mega Millions tickets in May 2010. 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 two, three or four times, which would make a $250,000 prize an even $1 million. The Jackpot game is sold in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  

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 $2.3 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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March 31, 2012
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