Mega Millions multi-state lottery to get harder to win in Oct.
Come this fall, winning the multi-state Mega Millions lottery jackpot will become even more difficult in the 45 states and jurisdictions that offer the lotto game.
The consortium that operates Mega Millions is upping the odds to 1 in about 258.9 million that someone picks all six numbers right.
The current odds are 1 in about 175.7 million that a person correctly chooses five of 56 numbered white balls and one of 46 gold balls.
The odds will change under a new format for the Oct. 22 dra ...
May 20, 2013, 6:14 am - Lottery News forum
2 tickets win Mega Millions jackpot worth $190M
A Mega Millions jackpot advertised at $190 million has been won by two tickets, one sold in New Jersey, the other in Virginia.
They matched all the numbers drawn Friday night: 11, 15, 35, 43 and 49, with Mega Ball number 41. The Megaplier was 4.
Winners usually take the cash payout, which in this case would be $70 million each. Before taxes, of course.
Seventeen tickets missed only the Mega Ball and won second worth $250,000: 1 from Colorado, 1 from Iowa, 1 from Maryland, 3 from Michiga ...
May 18, 2013, 1:05 pm - Lottery News forum
$190 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot rolls
Florida residents can join in the fun for the first time
By Todd Northrop
Lottery players across the United States including Florida for the first time are buying their Mega Millions tickets in preparation for Friday's massive $190 million drawing.
(See Mega Millions comes to Florida, Lottery Post, May 15, 2013.)
The cash value stands at a staggering $140.9 million. Lottery players typically think of the cash value as roughly half of the annuity estimate, but this Mega Millions cash ...
May 15, 2013, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions comes to Florida
It's a great time to be a lottery player in Florida: Powerball is at $360 million and rising, the highest it has been since last year's record $587 million. Meanwhile, at 6 a.m. this morning, Mega Millions tickets went on sale in Florida for the first time. The multi-state jackpot is approaching $200 million.
Mega Millions tickets are now available at the same outlets that sell other Florida lottery products. There are more than 13,000 such venues statewide. Drawings are held at 11 p.m. Tuesd ...
May 15, 2013, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
$170 MILLION: Mega Millions back into the realm of monster jackpots
By Todd Northrop
As Powerball has been grabbing headlines for its frequent big jackpots, 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 $170 million jackpot.
The lump-sum cash value stands at a staggering $126.7 million.
It's been some time since the Mega Mi ...
May 11, 2013, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
Multi-state lottery jackpots top a combined $375 million
The jackpot for Friday's Mega Millions rolled over to $154 million, while the top prize in tonight's Powerball multi-state lottery stands at $222 million.
The numbers drawn in Tuesday night's Mega Millions lottery were 1, 6, 13, 20 and 51, and the Mega Ball was 31.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since a player in Ohio won $41 million on March 12.
The Powerball jackpot has been climbing since March 30, when an Illinois player won $50 million.
If a single player wins tonigh ...
May 8, 2013, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner hits baby jackpot
The first time lady luck smiled on Joe Denette, he won a boatload of money.
The second time, the prize was even more amazing.
He and his wife, Meagan, became the parents of two babies, delivered during separate births, 100 days apart.
One was the result of planned medical intervention. The other came as a complete surprise.
Both are 100 percent genetically our children, the mother said, adding: It's a cool story.
It's made even more interesting by the fact that Joe's life had al ...
Apr 14, 2013, 2:47 pm - Lottery News forum
California family's fight over $51 million lottery jackpot is over
A year after winning the big $51 million Mega Millions jackpot, Bakersfield resident Etta May Urquhart took her son to court saying he commandeered the money and went on a spending spree.
(See Woman accuses son of taking $51 million lottery ticket, Lottery Post, May 6, 2012.)
Well, that lawsuit has now been quietly dismissed following a settlement agreement.
I checked it twice before I went outside because I couldn't believe it, Urquhart told 17 News in May 2011.
Grinning from ear t ...
Mar 28, 2013, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Judge won't give bakery workers partial lottery prize
A Cook County, Illinois, judge on Thursday refused to award a partial payout of a $118 million Mega Millions prize won by employees of a Chicago Heights-based bakery.
Twelve employees of the Pita Pan Bakery, 401 E. Joe Orr Road in Chicago Heights, who have taken to calling themselves the Dirty Dozen, have possession of the winning ticket from a May 4 drawing that won them the record-high prize.
But another seven employees of the bakery have filed assorted lawsuits in Cook County Circuit Co ...
Mar 1, 2013, 6:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida to join multi-state Mega Millions lottery
Florida will start selling tickets to the popular Mega Millions game later this year.
Florida Lottery officials told The Associated Press on Thursday that the state will join 42 other states in selling tickets. Tickets will go on sale on May 15.
The first Mega Millions drawing that Florida tickets will participate in is on Friday, May 17.
The state already sells tickets to Powerball, another multi-state game. It also has its own game called Florida Lotto.
Lottery Secretary Cynthia O' ...
Feb 28, 2013, 4:39 pm - Lottery News forum