LOTTERY UPDATE: The lucky winner that matches all six Mega Millions winning numbers in tonight’s, January 4, 2011 drawing, will be winning the 2nd highest Mega Millions jackpot in the history of the lottery’s game. Sales are going through the roof today, as everyone and their mother is buying up 10, 20, or more tickets at a whack, hoping to win $355,000,000. The Mega Millions estimated jackpot will probably climb even higher before the drawing, because people just can’t help themselves.
BREAKING NEWS: The winning Mega Millions jackpot numbers for Tuesday, January 4, 2011 are 4, 8, 15, 25, 47, the Mega Ball is 42, and the Megaplier is 4. Results are still pending at this time.
Mega Millions Jackpot Growing Exponentially
Just to give you an idea of how fast the Mega Millions jackpot is growing, the Boston Globe quotes Mark Cavanagh, executive director of the Massachusetts Lottery as saying, “We’re seeing sales of more than 5,000 tickets per minute during the mid-morning and we expect those to rise throughout the day. The excitement being reported by our 7,500 agents is palpable.” And that’s just in Massachusetts!
What was the Largest Mega Millions Jackpot?
“The largest U.S. jackpot ever, $390 million in Mega Millions, was won on March 6, 2007, split by two people from Georgia and New Jersey. The second-largest jackpot—and the largest ever in the other big multi-state lottery, Powerball—was $365 million won by ConAgra Foods co-workers in Nebraska on Feb. 18, 2006,” says CNN Money.
Mega Million Odds of Winning
“The odds are 1 in 176 million,” said Carolyn Hapeman, a spokeswoman for New York State’s lottery division. “But plenty of people have done it before,” continues CNN Money, “The winner of the $355 million Mega Millions jackpot can accept it two ways: as a $224 million lump sum or as 26 annual payments before taxes. Uncle Sam and state and local governments all get their piece, said Hapeman, adding that most winners go for the cash option,” claims CNN Money.
How Late Can You Buy Mega Millions Tickets?
Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing will be held at 11:00pm ET, 10:00pm CT, 8:00pm PT. Drawings are held at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. You can buy Mega Millions tickets until 10:45pm ET, 9:45pm CT, 7:45pm PT the night of the draw.
Remember, you can’t win, if you don’t play!
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Sources: CNN Money; Mega Millions; Boston Globe
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