Mega Millions Jackpot Continues to Skyrocket

Mega Millions Jackpot Continues to Skyrocket

DENVER, December 10, 2013– No one hit Friday night’s $297 million multi-state Mega Millions jackpot, making tonight’s mega-jackpot drawing worth $344 million! The winning ticket will be worth an estimated $186.1 million in cash. The Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 19 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The current jackpot run-up started on October 4 as a $12 million grand prize. This jackpot currently ranks 10th of the top largest 25 United States lottery jackpots and the 4th largest Mega Millions jackpot of all time. If the jackpot is not hit tonight, the jackpot is estimated to jump to $400 million (estimated $216.4 million cash).

  • Mega Millions: $656 million, Mar. 30, 2012 - Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
  • Powerball: $590.5 million, May 18, 2013 - Florida
  • Powerball: $587.5 million, Nov. 28, 2012 - Arizona, Missouri
  • Powerball: $448.4 million, Aug. 7, 2013 - Minnesota, New Jersey (2)
  • Powerball: $399.4 million, Sep. 18, 2013 - South Carolina
  • Mega Millions: $390 million, Mar. 6, 2007 - Georgia, New Jersey
  • Mega Millions: $380 million, Jan. 4, 2011 - Idaho, Washington
  • Powerball: $365 million, Feb. 18, 2006 - Nebraska
  • The Big Game: $363 million, May 9, 2000 - Illinois, Michigan
  • Mega Millions: $344 million, Dec. 10, 2013 - Preliminary estimate, not won yet
  • Powerball: $340 million, Oct. 19, 2005 - Oregon
  • Powerball: $338.3 million, Mar. 23, 2013 - New Jersey
  • Powerball: $337 million, Aug. 15, 2012 - Michigan
  • Powerball: $336.4 million, Feb. 11, 2012 - Rhode Island
  • Mega Millions: $336 million, Aug. 28, 2009 - California, New York
  • The Big Game: $331 million, Apr. 16, 2002 - Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey
  • Mega Millions: $330 million, Aug. 31, 2007 - Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia
  • Mega Millions: $319 million, Mar. 25, 2011 - New York
  • Mega Millions: $315 million, Nov. 15, 2005 - California
  • Powerball: $314.9 million, Dec. 26, 2002 - West Virginia
  • Powerball: $314.3 million, Aug. 25, 2007 - Indiana
  • Powerball: $295.7 million, Jul. 29, 1998 - Indiana
  • Powerball: $295 million, Aug. 25, 2001 - Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire
  • Mega Millions: $294 million, Jul. 2, 2004 – Massachusetts
  • Powerball: $276.3 million, Mar. 15, 2008 - West Virginia

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Effective on October 19, 2013, several changes were 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 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 10, 2013
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