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$160 MILLION: largest Mega Millions jackpot in 5 months

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By Todd Northrop

After a couple of mega-sized jackpots early this year, the Mega Millions jackpot has stubbornly refused to explode to the humongous levels that make lottery players line up around the block.

Perhaps that might change in the next couple of weeks, as the Mega Millions grand prize has increased to $160 million for the Tuesday evening drawing after nobody matched all 5 numbers and the Mega Ball Friday night.

The lump-sum cash value of Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is $95.4 million.

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 14 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The current jackpot run-up started on July 1 as a $15 million grand prize.

In Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, there was no jackpot winner, but 1 lucky player from Illinois matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize.

The Illinois second-prize winner did not purchase the Megaplier for an extra $1.  If they had, their prize would have been doubled to $2,000,000, since the Megaplier number drawn Friday evening was 2. The Megaplier offers players a chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes by the random Megaplier number drawn that evening for an extra $1 per play.

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 38 tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $5,000 prize. Of those tickets, 5 were purchased with the Megaplier option, increasing their prize to $10,000, and 7 were sold in California, where the prize awarded this drawing is $5,097.

The Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, August 15, 2014, were 16, 19, 28, 29, and 68, with Mega Ball number 9. The Megaplier number was 2.

Following the Friday drawing, the Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate was raised $16 million from its previous amount of $144 million. The cash value was raised by $10.7 million, from its previous amount of $84.7 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 will be added next week, as the state of Wyoming has set a start date of Aug. 24 for Mega Millions ticket sales, with its first drawing of participation on Aug. 26.

The Mega Millions winning numbers are published at USA Mega minutes after the drawing takes place.

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maringoman's avatar - kobold
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Posted: August 18, 2014, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

I got a ticket. Hopefully I get to do that Gold Bond dance.... a little shake, a little jingle

It's a futile effort.

    hearsetrax's avatar - 78638c467ef281febf24383e126f74b6

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    Posted: August 18, 2014, 12:24 pm - IP Logged

    I got a ticket. Hopefully I get to do that Gold Bond dance.... a little shake, a little jingle

    Skeptical smart money sez to hold on to your gambling money a wee bit longer

    lets see whar this is headed

    buried treasure

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      Posted: August 18, 2014, 12:56 pm - IP Logged

      Play every draw and still see where this is headed.  I have a friend that plays only when it get really high, and than he's mad if someone wins the jackpot say, when it is at 60 million.  I will take any jackpot win.

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        Posted: August 18, 2014, 1:17 pm - IP Logged

        14 draws to $160 million....just me or does it seem to be taking longer Skeptical

        So much for growing "faster" and "bigger" LOL

        Guess I'll be sitting out awhile longer

        If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the payoff does.

        If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

        2013: -35.14% (158 tickets) || 2014: +42.06% (15 tickets)

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          Posted: August 18, 2014, 1:18 pm - IP Logged

          My vote is for Wyoming !  That win would be a great welcome to that person or persons. Go JackalopeWink

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            Posted: August 18, 2014, 1:25 pm - IP Logged

            My vote is for me, myself and I, but not afraid to share.

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              Posted: August 18, 2014, 1:32 pm - IP Logged

                On va voir. We shall see.

                Hello everyone, long time lurker but, first time poster. Fingers crossed for Houston, Texas.

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                Posted: August 18, 2014, 1:35 pm - IP Logged

                I got a ticket. Hopefully I get to do that Gold Bond dance.... a little shake, a little jingle

                LOLLOL...

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                  Posted: August 18, 2014, 1:50 pm - IP Logged

                  On the last draw I had 9 as the Mega number on 5 different tickets and won a whopping $10.00...

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                    Posted: August 18, 2014, 2:00 pm - IP Logged

                    Congratulations on getting some money back.  I had 9 as mega number on 3 tickets and won $4.00  .

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                      Posted: August 18, 2014, 2:10 pm - IP Logged

                      I will donate $1.00 toward this draw. If and when it exceeds $200 million then I will splurge with $2.00 .

                      The odds are simply insane to play each draw and I would much rather enhance my emergency fund than to throw crazy amounts at this or any other game. I am not against the lottery and do enjoy participating every once in a while but I do use common sense when it comes to parting with my hard earned money.

                        maringoman's avatar - kobold
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                        Posted: August 18, 2014, 6:08 pm - IP Logged

                        LOLLOL...

                        Are you laughing because I got it wrong? LOL I just learned that it is a little shake, a little tingle

                        Anyways good luck to you too Thumbs Up

                        It's a futile effort.

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                          Posted: August 18, 2014, 6:21 pm - IP Logged

                          On the last draw I had 9 as the Mega number on 5 different tickets and won a whopping $10.00...

                          I'm thankful for winning any amount. You won $10 more than what I won. I won ZERO! Cussing Face LOL

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                            Posted: August 18, 2014, 6:51 pm - IP Logged

                            I would like 5, 10, or 15 mega ball to show up on tuesday night so I can win a $1 back.  It would be nice to say I was a winner too.-weshar75

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