Last night Mega Millions became the second United States lottery game in less than a week to cross the $300 million jackpot level.
On Saturday one single ticket from Indiana scored a $314 million Powerball win, and now the lottery-playing public will get another shot at an even bigger prize.
Because none of the tickets sold for Tuesday's $250 million drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball, the jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game grew to $325 million for the Friday drawing.
The results of the Friday Mega Millions drawing will be shown a few minutes after the draw takes place at 11:00 PM Friday night (Eastern Time) at USA Mega (www.usamega.com).
The announcement of one or more jackpot winners, or else an even higher jackpot, will be made approximately three hours later at USA Mega.
There were 12 second prize winners from Tuesday night's drawing: 2 from California, 1 from Georgia, 1 from Maryland, 1 from Massachusetts, 1 from Michigan, 1 from New Jersey, 2 from New York, 1 from Ohio, 1 from Virginia, and 1 from Washington. Each second-prize ticket matched all five lotto numbers but not the Mega Ball number to win $250,000.
The California second prize tickets were worth $425,673 each, because California does not use the same fixed-prize amounts that the other Mega Millions states award.
Also, 135 tickets matched four of the five lotto numbers, plus the Mega Ball number. Those tickets are each worth $10,000, except the 23 California winners of the third prize, who won an extra $95.
The winning numbers from Tuesday's drawing were 37, 40, 48, 53 and 56. The Mega Ball number was 44.
The Texas Megaplier was 4.
Detailed information about last night's drawing, including all prize amounts, number of winners at each prize level, drawing video, and more, can be found at the USA Mega web site: http://www.usamega.com/mega-millions-drawing.asp?d=8/28/2007