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$173 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot rolls

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By Todd Northrop

Will an incredibly lucky lottery player win a life-changing windfall this week, or will the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game enter into the realm of $200+ million jackpots?

We'll find out Friday night, when the $173 million Mega Millions drawing takes place.

Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 14 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The current jackpot run-up started on Nov. 4 as a $12 million grand prize.

The lump-sum cash value stands at a staggering $129.5 million.

Players should note that jackpot amounts are conservative estimates provided by the lotteries, and are often somewhat higher by the time the drawing occurs.  Occasionally the official jackpot estimate is raised even before the drawing, due to larger-than-expected sales.

In Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing, there was no jackpot winner, but 9 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $250,000 prize: 2 from California, 1 from Georgia, 1 from Illinois, 2 from Ohio, 1 from Pennsylvania, and 2 from Texas.

The two California winners will each be awarded prizes of $319,493, because California awards all prizes in a pari-mutuel formula, which calculates the prize amount based on the number of tickets sold and the number of winners in each prize category.  All the other Mega Millions states award fixed amounts for all non-jackpot prizes.

Following the Tuesday drawing, the Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate was raised $21 million from its previous amount of $152 million. The cash value was raised by $15.9 million, from its previous amount of $113.6 million.

The next Mega Millions drawing will take place Friday evening at 11:00 pm Eastern Time.

Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 42 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The latest state to join Mega Millions, Louisiana, became the 42nd Mega Millions state during the current jackpot run-up, on Nov. 16.

For a complete set of game descriptions, results, history, and all questions regarding Mega Millions, lottery players are encouraged to visit USA Mega (www.usamega.com), a Web site that caters to the Unites States's two multi-state lottery games, Powerball and Mega Millions.

The Friday night Mega Millions winning numbers will be published at USA Mega minutes after the drawing takes place.

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Posted: December 21, 2011, 8:46 am - IP Logged

By Todd Northrop

Will an incredibly lucky lottery player win a life-changing windfall this week, or will the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game enter into the realm of $200+ million jackpots?

We'll find out Friday night, when the $173 million Mega Millions drawing takes place.

Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 14 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The current jackpot run-up started on Nov. 4 as a $12 million grand prize.

The lump-sum cash value stands at a staggering $129.5 million.

Players should note that jackpot amounts are conservative estimates provided by the lotteries, and are often somewhat higher by the time the drawing occurs.  Occasionally the official jackpot estimate is raised even before the drawing, due to larger-than-expected sales.

In Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing, there was no jackpot winner, but 9 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $250,000 prize: 2 from California, 1 from Georgia, 1 from Illinois, 2 from Ohio, 1 from Pennsylvania, and 2 from Texas.

The two California winners will each be awarded prizes of $319,493, because California awards all prizes in a pari-mutuel formula, which calculates the prize amount based on the number of tickets sold and the number of winners in each prize category.  All the other Mega Millions states award fixed amounts for all non-jackpot prizes.

Following the Tuesday drawing, the Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate was raised $21 million from its previous amount of $152 million. The cash value was raised by $15.9 million, from its previous amount of $113.6 million.

The next Mega Millions drawing will take place Friday evening at 11:00 pm Eastern Time.

Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 42 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The latest state to join Mega Millions, Louisiana, became the 42nd Mega Millions state during the current jackpot run-up, on Nov. 16.

For a complete set of game descriptions, results, history, and all questions regarding Mega Millions, lottery players are encouraged to visit USA Mega (www.usamega.com), a Web site that caters to the Unites States's two multi-state lottery games, Powerball and Mega Millions.

The Friday night Mega Millions winning numbers will be published at USA Mega minutes after the drawing takes place.

Yes, Todd I will be that incredible person to win the massive 200+ millions jackpot. As a matter of fact, i'm giving the winning numbers that will come out. 02-07-19-40-51-15.

    dpoly1's avatar - driver
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    Posted: December 21, 2011, 8:52 am - IP Logged

    It's gonna be a Merrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry Christmas in Pennsylvania !  Big Grin Santa

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      Posted: December 21, 2011, 9:10 am - IP Logged

      It's gonna be a Merrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry Christmas in Pennsylvania !  Big Grin Santa

      Big Grin Santa

      if thar was ever a LP member that deserved a XXL piece of coal in thar stocking U'd get my vote

      buried treasure

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        Posted: December 21, 2011, 9:29 am - IP Logged

        Boy ,would that make my day..Well best of "LADY LUCK " to all my LP family....PartyUS FlagPartyNoel

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          Posted: December 21, 2011, 9:46 am - IP Logged

          Wow wouldn't that be an amazing Christmas present! Good Luck to all and Happy Holidays Big Grin Santa

          DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!!!!!!!!Blue Angel

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            Posted: December 21, 2011, 9:50 am - IP Logged

            I'm going to win the PowerBall jackpot,tonight!

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              Posted: December 21, 2011, 9:58 am - IP Logged

              Big Grin Santa

              if thar was ever a LP member that deserved a XXL piece of coal in thar stocking U'd get my vote

              Agree with stupid Merry Christmas to you too .................

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                Posted: December 21, 2011, 11:08 am - IP Logged

                And the self-jinxing continues.

                In a way it's kind of kind of entertaining.

                Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                Lep

                There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                  Posted: December 21, 2011, 11:13 am - IP Logged

                  It's kind of silly to describe $173 million as a life-changing jackpot, when even the smallest jackpot is life-changing.  Raise your hand if $12 million or $20 million is not life-changing, and I'd like to have dinner at your mansion.

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                    Posted: December 21, 2011, 11:55 am - IP Logged

                    The key to winning a lottery jackpot is buying a lottery ticket with the winning numbers on it.

                    Patience is a virtue when playing the lottery.Winning a lottery jackpot is all about PATIENCE.

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                      Posted: December 21, 2011, 12:52 pm - IP Logged

                      And the self-jinxing continues.

                      In a way it's kind of kind of entertaining.

                      Ohhhhhhhhhh Noooooooooooooooooo ................. not self-jinxing !!!!!!!!!! Dunk

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                        Posted: December 21, 2011, 1:24 pm - IP Logged

                        Ohhhhhhhhhh Noooooooooooooooooo ................. not self-jinxing !!!!!!!!!! Dunk

                        LOL at you ........

                         

                        Merry Xmas to all and I hope someone here win tonight's powerball Big Grin Santa

                        buried treasure

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                          Posted: December 21, 2011, 1:27 pm - IP Logged

                          Agree with stupid Merry Christmas to you too .................

                          You're not the only LP member who will probably feel that way when the next jackpot winner steps forward to claim the prize.

                          * you don't need more tickets, just the right ticket * 
                          * your best chance at winning a lottery jackpot is to buy a ticket * 
                               Wink 

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                            Posted: December 21, 2011, 1:29 pm - IP Logged

                            LOL at you ........

                             

                            Merry Xmas to all and I hope someone here win tonight's powerball Big Grin Santa

                            Coffee at you ......................

                             

                            I wish all of the nice people a Merry Christmas ...............  See Ya! I am hoping for Pennsylvania to get our first Mega Millions Jackpot on Friday !