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$171 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot rolls

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By Todd Northrop

As lottery fans have been discussing the revamped Powerball game, the United States's other huge multi-state game, Mega Millions, has been quietly and steadily increasing its jackpot.

Tuesday night we'll find out if the Mega Millions lottery game enters into the realm of $200+ million jackpots, or if an incredibly lucky ticket-holder wins a $171 million jackpot.

The lump-sum cash value stands at a staggering $124.7 million.

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 13 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The current jackpot run-up started on Jan. 27 as a $12 million grand prize — right as the Powerball game was hitting its stride at $170 million, before eventually reaching a staggering $336.4 million that was won on Feb. 11 by a Rhode Island senior.  (See Rhode Island woman, 81, claims $336 Million Powerball jackpotLottery Post, Mar. 6, 2012.)

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 Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, there was no jackpot winner, but 14 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $250,000 prize: 3 from California, 1 from Colorado, 2 from Georgia, 1 from Maryland, 1 from Michigan, 1 from New Hampshire, 2 from New York, 1 from Pennsylvania, 1 from Rhode Island, and 1 from Virginia.

The three California winners will each be awarded prizes of $206,076, 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.

The Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, March 9, 2012, were 9, 10, 27, 36, and 42, with Mega Ball number 11.  The Megaplier number was 4.

Following the Friday drawing, the Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate was raised $23 million from its previous amount of $148 million. The cash value was raised by $15.8 million, from its previous amount of $108.9 million.

The next Mega Millions drawing will take place Tuesday 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 on Nov. 16, 2011.

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

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Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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Posted: March 10, 2012, 10:24 am - IP Logged

I'm taking this one.Big Grin

Gonna win.Big Smile

    mightwin's avatar - questns

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    Posted: March 10, 2012, 10:26 am - IP Logged

    Last nights numbers took a little while to get. Anyone know what the technical malfunction was?

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      Posted: March 10, 2012, 10:32 am - IP Logged

      I'm taking this one.Big Grin

      Skeptical like  bleeep you are

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        Posted: March 10, 2012, 10:35 am - IP Logged

        These large jackpots are a joke. It's not even exciting anymore when you see 1 ticket win. They should remove some numbers and increase the winners.

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          Posted: March 10, 2012, 10:41 am - IP Logged

          I had to go out of state to get my Tix...so its my turn to win (puttin the hex on Rhode Island Evil)

          Stay Positive, Believe and good things will come your way

            mightwin's avatar - questns

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            Posted: March 10, 2012, 10:54 am - IP Logged

            These large jackpots are a joke. It's not even exciting anymore when you see 1 ticket win. They should remove some numbers and increase the winners.

            Its fun to see the jackpot roll when it starts getting this high. Ill get excited when the jackpot is won and I have the only ticket lol

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              Posted: March 10, 2012, 11:07 am - IP Logged

              Matched the MB and 2 numbers last night for $10... and on my birthday! Woot! Best win I've had in a very long time. Dance

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                Posted: March 10, 2012, 11:42 am - IP Logged

                Wow i won $7 last night that is the most i've won in a long time but I am aiming for the jackpot on tuesday. I'm ready to be the first person in Kansas to win a MM jackpot!!!!!!!!

                 

                Good Luck Everyone!!!!

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

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                  Posted: March 10, 2012, 12:34 pm - IP Logged

                  These large jackpots are a joke. It's not even exciting anymore when you see 1 ticket win. They should remove some numbers and increase the winners.

                  A  joke? I think not.

                  I'm not laughing yet,but I'll be laughing all the way to the bank when I win!

                  When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow

                  There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators. ~Will Rogers

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                    Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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                    Posted: March 10, 2012, 1:35 pm - IP Logged

                    It's Hammer Time.


                                                                 
                                         
                                                             

                     

                     

                     

                     

                                                                                                                       

                    "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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                      Posted: March 10, 2012, 1:38 pm - IP Logged

                      CO will be the next MM winner...............

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                        Posted: March 10, 2012, 2:13 pm - IP Logged

                        Texas hasn't had a winner in a while, we usually get one a year and it's been about a year if I remember right. I'm volunteering.....

                         

                        Actually, I'd like to see it roll again, just for fun. White Bounce

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                        singlewinnersinglewinnersinglewinner   

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                          Posted: March 10, 2012, 2:21 pm - IP Logged

                          I'm taking this one.Big Grin

                          If I don't win it, I hope you do.Wink

                          * 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: March 10, 2012, 3:36 pm - IP Logged

                            If I don't win it, I hope you do.Wink

                            I Agree!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Little Piggie'ssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!

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