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$309 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot rolls into top 25

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By Todd Northrop

The multi-state Mega Millions lottery game continued growing its jackpot toward frenzy levels last night.

After nobody won Friday night's grand prize, the Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated $309 million — the largest since the near-record-setting $648 million jackpot on Dec. 17, 2013, and the 23rd-largest United States lottery jackpot of all time (see full list below).

The lump-sum cash value rose to a massive $169.5 million — the 20th-largest U.S. lottery cash value in history.

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 18 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The current jackpot run-up started on January 7 as a $15 million grand prize — it has been more than two months since Mega Millions has had a jackpot winner.

Lottery players can see an after-tax analysis of the current Mega Millions jackpot by visiting USA Mega's Jackpot Analysis page.

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 3 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from Massachusetts, 1 from New York, and 1 from Texas.

Unfortunately, none of the second-prize winners purchased their ticket with the Megaplier option for an extra $1 per play.  If they had, their prize would have been increased to $4 million, because the Megaplier number drawn was 4.

The Megaplier option is not available in California, because the fixed nature of the prize increase offered with the Megaplier is not compatible with California's pari-mutuel payouts. By law, California awards all prizes on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning the prizes will change each drawing based on the number of tickets sold and the number of tickets that won at each prize level.

Also, a total of 51 tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $5,000 prize. Of those tickets, 4 were purchased with the Megaplier option, increasing the prize to $20,000, and 5 were sold in California, where the prize is worth $10,073 this drawing.

The Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, March 7, 2014, were 11, 13, 51, 57, and 69, with Mega Ball number 1. The Megaplier number was 4.

Following the Friday drawing, the Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate was raised $39 million from its previous amount of $270 million. The cash value was raised by $18.5 million, from its previous amount of $151 million. 

Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 43 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Tickets cost $1 each.

A 44th Mega Millions state may be added later this year, as the state of Wyoming has approved a new state lottery with the intention of joining multi-state lottery games. (See Wyoming officially becomes 44th state with a lottery, Lottery Post, Mar. 14, 2013.)

The Mega Millions winning numbers are published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing takes place.

Top 25 United States lottery jackpots of all time

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot currently stands as the 23rd-largest lottery jackpot of all time in the United States.  That position may rise before the drawing, as lotteries are typically conservative in their initial estimates, and brisk sales may push the jackpot estimate higher by draw time.

  1. Mega Millions: $656 million, Mar. 30, 2012 - Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
  2. Mega Millions: $648 million, Dec. 17, 2013 - California, Georgia
  3. Powerball: $590.5 million, May 18, 2013 - Florida
  4. Powerball: $587.5 million, Nov. 28, 2012 - Arizona, Missouri
  5. Powerball: $448.4 million, Aug. 7, 2013 - Minnesota, New Jersey (2)
  6. Powerball: $425.3 million, Feb. 19, 2014 - California
  7. Powerball: $399.4 million, Sep. 18, 2013 - South Carolina
  8. Mega Millions: $390 million, Mar. 6, 2007 - Georgia, New Jersey
  9. Mega Millions: $380 million, Jan. 4, 2011 - Idaho, Washington
  10. Powerball: $365 million, Feb. 18, 2006 - Nebraska
  11. The Big Game: $363 million, May 9, 2000 - Illinois, Michigan
  12. Powerball: $340 million, Oct. 19, 2005 - Oregon
  13. Powerball: $338.3 million, Mar. 23, 2013 - New Jersey
  14. Powerball: $337 million, Aug. 15, 2012 - Michigan
  15. Powerball: $336.4 million, Feb. 11, 2012 - Rhode Island
  16. Mega Millions: $336 million, Aug. 28, 2009 - California, New York
  17. The Big Game: $331 million, Apr. 16, 2002 - Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey
  18. Mega Millions: $330 million, Aug. 31, 2007 - Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia
  19. Mega Millions: $319 million, Mar. 25, 2011 - New York
  20. Mega Millions: $315 million, Nov. 15, 2005 - California
  21. Powerball: $314.9 million, Dec. 25, 2002 - West Virgina
  22. Powerball: $314.3 million, Aug. 25, 2007 - Indiana
  23. Mega Millions: $309 million, Mar. 11, 2014 - Preliminary estimate, not won yet
  24. Powerball: $295.7 million, Jul. 29, 1998 - Indiana
  25. Powerball: $295 million, Aug. 25, 2001 - Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire

For those keeping score, the number of jackpots in the top 25, by lottery game, are:

  • Mega Millions: 9
  • Powerball: 14
  • The Big Game: 2

The Big Game is the original name of Mega Millions, from the game's first drawing on Sep. 6, 1996 through May 14, 2002.  The name was changed to Mega Millions starting with the May 17, 2002 drawing.

Top 25 cash value jackpots

Since many lottery winners collect their winnings in cash, the lump-sum payout is an important measure of what a winning ticket could be worth.

Looking at the cash value, the upcoming Mega Millions jackpot ranks as the 20th-largest cash value in U.S. history.

  1. Mega Millions: $471 million cash, Mar. 30, 2012 ($656 million annuity) - Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
  2. Powerball: $384.7 million cash, Nov. 28, 2012 ($587.5 million annuity) - Arizona, Missouri
  3. Powerball: $370.9 million cash, May 18, 2013 ($590.5 million annuity) - Florida
  4. Mega Millions: $347.6 million cash, Dec. 17, 2013 ($648 million annuity) - California, Georgia
  5. Powerball: $258.2 million cash, Aug. 7, 2013 ($448.4 million annuity) - Minnesota, New Jersey (2)
  6. Mega Millions: $240 million cash, Jan. 4, 2011 ($380 million annuity) - Idaho, Washington
  7. Mega Millions: $233.1 million cash, Mar. 6, 2007 ($390 million annuity) - Georgia, New Jersey
  8. Powerball: $227.8 million cash, Feb. 19, 2014 ($425.3 million annuity) - California
  9. Powerball: $224.7 million cash, Aug. 15, 2012 ($337 million annuity) - Michigan
  10. Powerball: $223.3 million cash, Sep. 18, 2013 ($399.4 million annuity) - South Carolina
  11. Mega Millions: $214 million cash, Aug. 28, 2009 ($336 million annuity) - California, New York
  12. Powerball: $211 million cash, Mar. 23, 2013 ($338.3 million annuity) - New Jersey
  13. Powerball: $210 million cash, Feb. 11, 2012 ($336.4 million annuity) - Rhode Island
  14. Mega Millions: $202.9 million cash, Mar. 25, 2011 ($319 million annuity) - New York
  15. Mega Millions: $194.4. million cash, Aug. 31, 2007 ($330 million annuity) - Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia
  16. Mega Millions: $185 million cash, Nov. 15, 2005 ($315 million annuity) - California
  17. The Big Game: $180 million cash, May 9, 2000 ($363 million annuity) - Illinois, Michigan
  18. Powerball: $177.3 million cash, Feb. 18, 2006 ($365 million annuity) - Nebraska
  19. Powerball: $170.5 million cash, Dec. 25, 2002 ($314.9 million annuity) - West Virginia
  20. Mega Millions: $169.5 million cash, Mar. 11, 2014 ($309 million annuity) - Preliminary estimate, not won yet
  21. Mega Millions: $168 million cash, July 2, 2004 ($294 million annuity) - Massachusetts
  22. Mega Millions: $167.7 million cash, Feb. 22, 2008 ($275 million annuity) - Georgia
  23. Powerball: $165.8 million cash, Aug. 25, 2001 ($295 million annuity) - Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire
  24. Mega Millions: $165.2 million cash, May 4, 2010 ($266 million annuity) - California
  25. Powerball: $164.4 million cash, won Oct. 19, 2005 ($340 million annuity) - Oregon

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Posted: March 8, 2014, 8:21 am - IP Logged

I wonder how many quit playing due to california usually winning all the time.  It makes the lottery less credible if the same state always wins.

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    I wonder how many quit playing due to california usually winning all the time.  It makes the lottery less credible if the same state always wins.

    cheeze N whine

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      cheeze N whine

      I Agree!.....COMPLETELY!!!

      "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy." - George Lorimer

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        Posted: March 8, 2014, 8:35 am - IP Logged

        lololol.....what would they do if they moved to CA. and STILL didn't win ???

        I guess some states like Maine can scream conspiracy  Thud

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          cheeze N whine

          LOL. IKR. I neither get nor see this 'thing' with California wins. NJ, FL, and MI seem to get their fair share of wins.

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            Posted: March 8, 2014, 8:43 am - IP Logged

            It's slowly creeping up again. Time to have some fun and win some money.

            Seekand ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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              Posted: March 8, 2014, 8:49 am - IP Logged

              What'd you guys think, MM roll for another 4 weeks? I think 8 more draws should yield a nice tidy sum!! : ))

              "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy." - George Lorimer

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                Posted: March 8, 2014, 8:54 am - IP Logged

                LOL. IKR. I neither get nor see this 'thing' with California wins. NJ, FL, and MI seem to get their fair share of wins.

                Based on the link below, i'd say the list of winners for the most part are diverse in all the right ways. Location, Men, Women, White, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Young, Old, Married, Single, Regular players, First Time players, Group/Pool players, Retired Players, Hard Working Players, Unemployed, Struggling, Quick Picks, Chosen Numbers, One Ticket, Multiple Tickets..... Just the way it should be!!! Absolutely no complaints or whinning here. Except of course, when's my time? hahaha

                 

                www.megamillions.com/winners-gallery

                "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy." - George Lorimer

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                  I wonder how many quit playing due to california usually winning all the time.  It makes the lottery less credible if the same state always wins.

                  I am willing to wager the next winner will NOT be a resident of PukeCA,,,,I am going to vote for Texas !!!

                  Stay Positive, Believe and good things will come your way

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                    cheeze N whine

                    Kinda what I was thinking. LOL.

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                      About $100,000,000 in the bank after Federal Redistribution will be just fine for a spring time fling!

                      Lep

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                        What'd you guys think, MM roll for another 4 weeks? I think 8 more draws should yield a nice tidy sum!! : ))

                        I don't think this current run will last another 4-weeks but 4-5 more draws is possible. It is on pace to break the previous annuity record with 5 more draws and a 6th draw might knock on the elusive billion dollar jackpot.

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                          Posted: March 8, 2014, 11:55 am - IP Logged

                          I don't think this current run will last another 4-weeks but 4-5 more draws is possible. It is on pace to break the previous annuity record with 5 more draws and a 6th draw might knock on the elusive billion dollar jackpot.

                          WOOHOO!!!!! Come on $1 Billion!!!!!!!!Banana

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                            Posted: March 8, 2014, 12:10 pm - IP Logged

                            Well those of you that don't want to think,  can go back to watching the idiot box that lies to you.  It's very apparent that most of the naysayers here are probably 2 time obama voters.