Mega Millions Jackpot Rolls to Nearly $300 Million for Tonight’s Drawing

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Mega Millions Jackpot Rolls to Nearly $300 Million for Tonight’s Drawing

DENVER, December 6, 2013–Nobody hit Tuesday night’s $257 million multi-state Mega Millions jackpot, making tonight’s mega-jackpot drawing worth a gigantic $291 million! The winning ticket will be worth an estimated $157.2 million in cash. The Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 18 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The current jackpot run-up started on October 4 as a $12 million grand prize. This jackpot is one of the top largest 25 United States lottery jackpots. (See full list below.)

Friday's Mega Millions jackpot currently stands as the 24th-largest lottery jackpot of all time in the United States. That position may rise before tonight, as lotteries are typically conservative in their initial estimates, and brisk sales may push the jackpot estimate higher by draw time.

  1. Mega Millions: $656 million, Mar. 30, 2012 - Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
  2. Powerball: $590.5 million, May 18, 2013 - Florida
  3. Powerball: $587.5 million, Nov. 28, 2012 - Arizona, Missouri
  4. Powerball: $448.4 million, Aug. 7, 2013 - Minnesota, New Jersey (2)
  5. Powerball: $399.4 million, Sep. 18, 2013 - South Carolina
  6. Mega Millions: $390 million, Mar. 6, 2007 - Georgia, New Jersey
  7. Mega Millions: $380 million, Jan. 4, 2011 - Idaho, Washington
  8. Powerball: $365 million, Feb. 18, 2006 - Nebraska
  9. The Big Game: $363 million, May 9, 2000 - Illinois, Michigan
  10. Powerball: $340 million, Oct. 19, 2005 - Oregon
  11. Powerball: $338.3 million, Mar. 23, 2013 - New Jersey
  12. Powerball: $337 million, Aug. 15, 2012 - Michigan
  13. Powerball: $336.4 million, Feb. 11, 2012 - Rhode Island
  14. Mega Millions: $336 million, Aug. 28, 2009 - California, New York
  15. The Big Game: $331 million, Apr. 16, 2002 - Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey
  16. Mega Millions: $330 million, Aug. 31, 2007 - Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia
  17. Mega Millions: $319 million, Mar. 25, 2011 - New York
  18. Mega Millions: $315 million, Nov. 15, 2005 - California
  19. Powerball: $314.9 million, Dec. 26, 2002 - West Virginia
  20. Powerball: $314.3 million, Aug. 25, 2007 - Indiana
  21. Powerball: $295.7 million, Jul. 29, 1998 - Indiana
  22. Powerball: $295 million, Aug. 25, 2001 - Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire
  23. Mega Millions: $294 million, Jul. 2, 2004 - Massachusetts
  24. Mega Millions: $291 million, Dec. 6, 2013 - Preliminary estimate, not won yet
  25. Powerball: $276.3 million, Mar. 15, 2008 - West Virginia

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Effective on October 19, 2013, several changes have been made to the Mega Millions game with larger and faster-growing jackpots, better overall odds of winning any prize, increased second-level prizes, and more excitement. The game now has a starting jackpot of $15 million and second-level prizes ranging from $1 to $1,000,000. Jackpot odds have increased from 1 in 176 million to 1 in 259 million and overall odds went from 1 in 40 to 1 in 15.

Players can multiply wins up to 5 times the original amount by purchasing the Megaplier for $1 more (excluding jackpot). The Megaplier option multiplies all prizes, except the jackpot, by the multiplier number, either 2, 3, 4, or 5, as drawn by the Lottery. Players who purchase the Megaplier option will win the higher prizes indicated below when they have a winning match in the Mega Millions game.

Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 43 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $1 each. Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9 p.m. MDT, tickets must be purchased by 7:30 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

About Colorado Lottery
Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Lotto, Cash 5, Pick 3, Mega Millions, Powerball and Scratch - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned more than $2.5 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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December 6, 2013
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