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$89 Million: California lottery fever hits as jackpot rises

Jun 26, 2006, 2:45 pm

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California lottery players woke up Sunday morning to find a SuperLotto Plus jackpot that hasn't been so big since 2004 — the kind of jackpot that will have people standing in long lines at the local convenience store.

The jackpot in the California SuperLotto Plus lottery game grew to $89 million Sunday — currently the largest lottery jackpot in the world, and the game's largest jackpot in two years.

None of the tickets sold for Saturday night's $82 million drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega number. The next drawing will be Wednesday night.

There were 2 second-prize winners from Saturday night's drawing, matching all five lotto numbers but not the Mega number to win $83,682 each.

In addition, there are seven other ways that California SuperLotto Plus tickets can win prizes. (Each way of winning is called a "prize level".) The prize levels, and resulting value of each winning ticket is based upon the number of the first five lotto numbers that are matched (in any order), plus whether or not the ticket matches the Mega number.

The other seven winning ticket prize amounts for Saturday's drawing are:

  • Tickets matching 4 lotto numbers plus the Mega number win $1,442
  • Tickets matching 4 lotto numbers but not the Mega number win $104
  • Tickets matching 3 lotto numbers plus the Mega number win $53
  • Tickets matching 3 lotto numbers but not the Mega number win $11
  • Tickets matching 2 lotto numbers plus the Mega number win $10
  • Tickets matching 1 lotto number plus the Mega number win $1
  • Tickets matching only the Mega number win $1

The winning numbers from Saturday's drawing were: 4, 20, 36, 41, and 44. The Mega number was 13.

Players pick five numbers from 1 to 47 and a Mega number from 1 to 27 on their playslip, or they can choose a Quick Pick, which lets the lottery machine pick random numbers for them.

On any play, a person can mark "Quick Pick" to select just the five numbers, or just the Mega number, or both.

California uses "pari-mutuel" prize payouts at all prize levels to determine how much money each winning ticket is awarded. Each prize level is allocated a percentage of the total sales for the drawing, and the actual prize amounts per winning ticket are calculated by dividing the prize level's allocated funds by the number of winners at that level.

If there are no winning tickets at a certain prize level, the funds allocated to that prize level "roll over" to the next drawing, increasing the value of winning tickets at that prize level for the next drawing.

California's lottery regulations require all California lottery games to use this pari-mutuel payout method, even including Mega Millions. (All other Mega Millions states use a fixed-prize payout method for all prize levels except the jackpot.)

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bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

United States
Member #12618
March 18, 2005
2060 Posts
Posted: June 26, 2006, 2:49 pm - IP Logged

I thought there would be a bigger jump then $7 million. I wonder if it rolls will it hit $100 million or will it be a bit short? I hope it rolls. I would like to see where it goes too.

Dance like no one is watching.

    TheGameGrl's avatar - Lottery-012.jpg
    A long and winding road
    United States
    Member #17083
    June 10, 2005
    6436 Posts
    Posted: June 26, 2006, 11:32 pm - IP Logged

    WOW! Nice jackpot for a state that doesnt collect state income on its prizes :) Best of luck to the winning ticket holder!

    7072 8557 6011 4337

    I was addicted to the hokey pokey, then I turned my life around .

      West Los Angeles
      United States
      Member #15218
      May 11, 2005
      24 Posts
      Posted: June 27, 2006, 12:52 am - IP Logged

      As of now it's $90,000,000.00.  Thunder and lightning woke me up at 2am.  Got a feeling.

        United States
        Member #38806
        May 5, 2006
        34 Posts
        Posted: June 27, 2006, 4:07 pm - IP Logged

        ^^ Hold on there, Cowboy. That prize is mine  Mad  *Knock on wood*

          United States
          Member #16611
          June 2, 2005
          3493 Posts
          Posted: June 27, 2006, 4:50 pm - IP Logged

          It's at 90 million, but I hope it continues to roll and hurt MM sales along the way.