MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT RISES TO $201 MILLION

MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT RISES TO $201 MILLION

DENVER, March 17, 2011 – Feeling the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day? It’s time to pick your lucky numbers for a shot at tomorrow night’s multi-state Mega Millions jackpot, which now stands at $201 million! The winning ticket will be worth an estimated $128.3 million in cash.

Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9 p.m. MST. 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.

Need a little help getting into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit? Watch a video of the Lottery’s linguistically lyrical leprechaun, Lucky Liam, to help turn your mood around. Or try playing a scratch game such as Shamrock Shuffle or Lucky 7’s Bingo for some instant luck today.

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

PHONE 303.759.6872 | CELL 303.945.9724

heather.black@lottery.state.co.us

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March 17, 2011
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