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$290 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery rocket-ride

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Biggest jackpot in 16 months

By Todd Northrop

The Mega Millions rocket ride continues after Friday night's New Year's Eve mega-draw did not produce a jackpot winner. 

The new jackpot for the Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 Mega Millions drawing is a staggering $290 million, with a faint-inducing lump-sum cash value of $182.6 million.

The mammoth grand prize is the result of 15 draws without a winner.  The run-up started as a $12 million prize on Nov. 12, 2010.

The winning numbers for Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 were 10, 12, 13, 35, and 56, with a Mega Ball number of 9.   The Megaplier number was 4.

Even though nobody won the jackpot Friday, 21 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $250,000 prize: 3 from Arizona, 2 from California, 2 from Georgia, 2 from Illinois, 1 from Maryland, 2 from New Jersey, 5 from New York, 1 from Ohio, 1 from Oklahoma, 1 from Texas, and 1 from Virginia.

The two California winners will each be awarded prizes of $579,888, because California awards all prizes in a pari-mutuel formula, which calculates the prize amount based on the number of tickets sold and the number of winners in each prize category.  Because only two tickets won second prize despite the large sales volume, the payout is larger then normal for the lucky winners.

The winning numbers for Tuesday's Mega Millions lottery drawing will be published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) right after the drawing takes place at 11:00 PM Eastern Time.

USA Mega is one of the few lottery Web sites with a robust technology backbone that keeps it running strong, even when massive player traffic melts down other state lottery Web sites.

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Posted: January 1, 2011, 1:16 am - IP Logged

Maybe it can go past 390 million in 2007. Id like for that to happen If I dont win it. Last time MA won was in 2004. I think were do again. I'll do my part by putting in $20.

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    Posted: January 1, 2011, 1:29 am - IP Logged

    Genome, it can go past it in Cash value if it rolls 1 time,

    current record is $233,000,000 cash on  mar 6th , 2007

    they are no doubt playing it safe, and will update the jackpot amount before draw again

    , to maybe 200m plus cash by time of draw,  these kinds of sales, they Can't take a spot on guest to at lest 1 day of sales pass, to get a better idea


    at 182.6M cash, ITS BIGGER THEN ANY POWERBALL jackpot!

    powerball biggest cash jackpot to date was 177m cash, 

     

    if it somehow avoids the best efforts by players 1 more time,

    i have to break open my piggy bank and spend

    , right now am trying to cap it at 20 bucks for this draw,  normaly i only spend 1 to 5 bucks thro lol

    so what you guys normaly spend, LOL

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      Posted: January 1, 2011, 1:34 am - IP Logged

      I hope it goes out next draw. Some people become ticket fiends when a jackpot is as big as this one...I'm sure some have been enticed for weeks

      to dream too much, then spend too much. I'll take a shot at it too - for $10. Good luck to anyone that plays.

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        Posted: January 1, 2011, 1:45 am - IP Logged

        I hope one day we see a member here hit jackpot in Mega Millions or Powerball.

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          Posted: January 1, 2011, 1:51 am - IP Logged

          sense i go by cash value records, here is what i found looking back

           

          top mega millions jackpots in cash

          #1 going down list

          Annuity Cash

          Mega Millions Jackpot for Mar. 6, 2007   

          $390,000,000


          $233,000,000

          Mega Millions Jackpot for Aug. 28, 2009   

               $336,000,000

                                   

          $210,000,000

          Mega Millions Jackpot for Aug. 31, 2007

          $330,000,000


                 $194,000,000

          Mega Millions Jackpot for Nov. 15, 2005   

          $315,000,000

                           

          $185,000,000

          Mega Millions Jackpot for Tue, Jan 4, 2011   

          $290,000,000

                           

          $183,000,000

          Thats right, as of right now, its the 5th largest mm jackpot,  soon to be #4 no doubt, maybe even #3 by draw time, depends on how much it gets upped

          however their is a error in my math, i think their was a larger jackpot mm back in early 2000? but i dont have the data that far back lol

          ether way its top 5/6th atm

           

          ah edited update, found it,
          $363.0 million
          May 9, 2000
          2
          The Big Game

          however my data does not have the freaking cash value of it, however on a google search, i think it was around 180m cash going by news reports of 2 diff winners shares

          so i indeed call the current jackpot the 5th largest cash jackpot in usa,  by draw time it be in top 4, so woot woot

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            Posted: January 1, 2011, 1:58 am - IP Logged

            Letit grow, letit grow, letit grow! Hyper

            I wanna see it half a billion. Happy New Year everyone, good luck!

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              Posted: January 1, 2011, 2:02 am - IP Logged

              they are no doubt playing it safe, and will update the jackpot amount before draw again


              I completely agree. Don't expect it to be at $300 million but it wouldn't surprise me if it did or got close, ticket sales are sure to push it up some more. Glad it rolled since the winning numbers were not nice on the numbers I had printed out. I wasn't even close.
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              I'm going to think good thoughts for this next drawing. I wasn't feeling good about this one and did bad, compared to one drawing about two weeks ago where I was almost certain I'd get at least 5/5 and actually got pretty close (2 numbers were 1-3 digits off).
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              Happy New Years everyone and good luck this next draw.
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              Oh, and on Google News if you search for "Mega Millions" and look at articles within the past hour this article is the 2nd one to show up... at least at the time of writing this.
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                Posted: January 1, 2011, 2:25 am - IP Logged

                I was hoping it would won on Friday because now I'll to get tickets in the next drawing and my New Years Resolution is to not buy any more quick piggies.

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                  Posted: January 1, 2011, 3:59 am - IP Logged

                  I hope one day we see a member here hit jackpot in Mega Millions or Powerball.

                  You will.  Tuesday will be my day...positive thoughtsEmbarassed

                  All things are possible to those that believe!!!!!!Wink

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                    Posted: January 1, 2011, 5:14 am - IP Logged

                    Wowoweewah... See Ya! I only got the last 2 numbers (1 white ball + Megaball for a $3 win), which wasn't bad considering I got back the $3 quick picks I bought! Big Smile

                    Now I'm gonna use my "winnings" to buy another for this Tuesday's draw! Wink

                     

                    GOOD LUCK TO US ALL!!! BRING IT ON $300+ MILLION!!! (which I believe would be reached by then!) Banana Patriot Guitar Hyper

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                      Posted: January 1, 2011, 6:12 am - IP Logged

                      I'm calling it now. They are going to bump it to 300 million before tuesday.

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                        Posted: January 1, 2011, 8:19 am - IP Logged

                        I'm calling it now. They are going to bump it to 300 million before tuesday.

                        I Agree! ...Congrats to all the 5-0 winners last night.Cheers

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                        For a lead role in a cage?

                         

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                          Posted: January 1, 2011, 8:22 am - IP Logged

                          To put my mind at ease, tell me I'm not the biggest spender here considering I put $15.00 down for this.  10 are numbers I chose and 5 were quick picks.  I didn't come close....just 2 numbers on one line. 

                          Please, please, please tell me someone here spent more than me!!!!  Make me not feel so bad!!!

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                            Posted: January 1, 2011, 9:14 am - IP Logged

                            To put my mind at ease, tell me I'm not the biggest spender here considering I put $15.00 down for this.  10 are numbers I chose and 5 were quick picks.  I didn't come close....just 2 numbers on one line. 

                            Please, please, please tell me someone here spent more than me!!!!  Make me not feel so bad!!!

                            dont feel bad, i spoke to the clerk i visit all the time and he said he had a crazy day, people buying $100, $60, $40, $40, $20, worth of tickets