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Mega Millions jackpot largest ever at $500M

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:14 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2012

ATLANTA The Mega Millions jackpot is now the largest in U.S. lottery history.

Georgia Lottery officials say the jackpot reached $500 million on Wednesday. It has rolled 18 times since Marcia Adams of College Park won $72 million in the Jan. 24 drawing.

A winner could get $19.2 million a year for 26 years or a single payment worth $359 million. The next drawing is Friday at 11 p.m.

Tuesday night’s jackpot was $363 million, fed by weeks of drawings without a top winner. The previous record jackpot in the Mega Millions game was $390 million in 2007, split by two winners in New Jersey and Georgia.

In Tuesday night’s game, 47 players came very close, matching 5 of the 6 winning numbers. Each of those tickets is worth at least $250,000.

Mega Millions is played in more than 40 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The winning numbers Tuesday night were: Nine, 19, 34, 44 and 51. The Mega Ball was 24.

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olos73 wrote:
If Hawaii had legalized gambling and this lottery was part of it, look at how much revenue this "broke" State would get.
on March 28,2012 | 11:53AM
Hullstown wrote:
Good thing we're not deemed adult enough by the government. I'd hate to have a chance (even the slightest) to win, it might ruin Hawaii's "natural beauty".
on March 28,2012 | 12:06PM
kainalu wrote:
Instead of 1 winning ticket for this large prize, why not 20 winning tickets at $25 million each? Change the lifes of many instead of just 1. I bet more would participate. Note ot Hawaii: if you ever decide to have a lottery, spread the wealth.
on March 28,2012 | 05:06PM
olos73 wrote:
Read somewhere that 47 people/tickets picked 5 of 6, and each will get $250,000. So, since no ticket hit 6-out-of-6, that's why it's up to $500 Million and numbers will be drawn on Friday. You don't have to hit all 6 to get some $$$. Hawaii will never get a piece of the pie. Any winning tickets in Hawaii would pay tax. More revenue for a "broke" State. But, that's why we "broke."
on March 28,2012 | 06:47PM
olos73 wrote:
Read somewhere that 47 people picked 5 of 6 numbers, and each will receive $250,000. So, since nobody picked the 6-out-of-6, that's why it's up to $500 million with the drawing on Friday. Even if you don't get all 6, at least you get a cut of the pot.
on March 28,2012 | 06:39PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I know the winning numbers. Just send me a cashiers check and I'll tell you. If you do not win I will refund your money. Thank you and all the best from Nigeria.
on March 29,2012 | 08:01AM
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