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$355 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot second-biggest of all time

Mega MillionsMega Millions: $355 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot second-biggest of all time

By Todd Northrop

What a week for Mega Millions multi-state lottery players!

The lotteries have raised the official Mega Millions jackpot estimate for the second time in as many days to a knee-weakening $355 million for tonight's drawing.

That's a $25 million increase just from yesterday.

Likewise, the lump-sum cash option of tonight's jackpot is now $224.2 million — an increase of $15.9 million from yesterday's estimate.

And there's no telling how high the jackpot will become by the time the drawing kicks off at 11:00 pm Eastern Time.

Lotteries are typically conservative when estimating jackpots, to ensure that the actual jackpot amount is not less than the estimate.  Often the jackpot is much higher than the estimate by the time all ticket sales are accounted for.

Lottery players seeking to check the winning numbers Tuesday night are urged to use USA Mega (www.usamega.com). State lottery Web sites are normally brought to a standstill during busy periods, while USA Mega normally remains responsive.

Mega Millions drawing results will be posted immediately after the 11:00 pm drawing at USA Mega. The number of winners and new jackpot will be announced after all participating Mega Millions states have reported their data, which normally occurs within a couple of hours after the drawing.

Players are advised not to wait until the last minute to buy their lottery tickets.  Sale typically remain open until around 10:45 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, although players should check with a lottery retailer in their state for the exact sales cutoff time. 

If the jackpot is not won on Tuesday, players will almost certainly see the world's first $400+ million lottery jackpot Friday.

The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 176 million. The odds of winning any of the Mega Millions prizes are approximately 1 in 40.

Mega Millions features nine different prize levels, ranging from $2 all the way up to the jackpot. Players can win even if they just match one number — the Mega Ball number.

Most states also offer the Megaplier option for an extra dollar per ticket purchased. The Megaplier multiplies any non-jackpot prizes won by 2, 3, or 4 times, depending on the Megaplier number drawn that evening.

Players who purchase the Megaplier and win second prize will automatically have their prize increased by 4x to $1 million.

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123 comments. Last comment 6 years ago by Pinkpansies.
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United States
Member #78798
August 21, 2009
336 Posts
Posted: January 4, 2011, 12:46 pm - IP Logged

i wolud buy more, but its not going to make a difference. I already spent a lot on the previous drawings contributing to this. I currently have $21 worth.

    Downhere, S.C.
    United States
    Member #35033
    March 11, 2006
    1956 Posts
    Posted: January 4, 2011, 12:48 pm - IP Logged

    Oh my goodness, what a jackpot. I could fix that transmission in my old trk

    US FlagPlease Pray For Our Troops And Their Families.

      Todd's avatar - Cylon 2.gif
      Chief Bottle Washer
      New Jersey
      United States
      Member #1
      May 31, 2000
      23345 Posts
      Posted: January 4, 2011, 12:49 pm - IP Logged

      To those considering multiple ticket purchases, I have posted a very in-depth explanation of how you can calculate your odds:  http://www.lotterypost.com/news/225630/1903831


      Check the State Lottery Report Card
      What grade did your lottery earn?


      Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
      Help eliminate computerized drawings!

        Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
        United States
        Member #48725
        January 7, 2007
        1958 Posts
        Posted: January 4, 2011, 1:01 pm - IP Logged

        Oh my God! What am I gonna do with all this money? Big Grin

        Gonna win.Big Smile

          dk1421's avatar - Lottery-024.jpg
          North Carolina
          United States
          Member #64582
          September 1, 2008
          347 Posts
          Posted: January 4, 2011, 1:12 pm - IP Logged

          How awesome is this?? I can't believe it keeps going up and up!

          "Don't be a schmuck, always take the cash." -Coin Toss

            Grovel's avatar - f800e6a39fbfea795d1dcbb09f2244
            Little Rock, AR
            United States
            Member #68365
            December 19, 2008
            241 Posts
            Posted: January 4, 2011, 1:13 pm - IP Logged

            I would probably have a heart attack if I won tonight.

              dpoly1's avatar - driver
              United States
              Member #66141
              October 16, 2008
              1678 Posts
              Posted: January 4, 2011, 1:16 pm - IP Logged

              Pennsylvania needs the first Mega Millions Jackpot for the State tonite ..........

              ........... I will be happy to accept the very large EFT into my bank account!

              The odds are big .......... and I am small ............ but somebody's gunna win very big eventually!


                joshuacloak's avatar - Money Swim-uncle-scrooge-mcduck-35997717-677-518.jpg

                United States
                Member #32537
                February 12, 2006
                698 Posts
                Posted: January 4, 2011, 1:21 pm - IP Logged

                $233,000,000 is the cash world record, we are 9 million away in cash form breaking the record

                145,600,000 atfer full max fed rate of 35%, check mega for your state tax's thro

                wow what am going to do with that much money, am not the sharing type, but really, wtf am i do to with it other then buy more stocks that pay dividends ,   guest i just have to buy 100m  worth of stocks Rofl, maybe spend 10m to 20m rebuying More lottery tickets and games in tennesseee

                i can see the headlines, winner travels across nation playing millions per month on the diff state lottery's, why, cease he can write off the Losers thats Same Tax year agiant hes Win, LOL

                aka i may of won 145m atfer tax's, but i spent 10 to 20m to do it, LOL am to greedy

                and if it rolls,  Ha, the irs will be crying in joy as they steal their first 100m in pure tax's form 1 jackpot

                Holy hell, with so many tickets being sold,

                am having my doubts it can avoid us all and roll anymore, if it does, let the party happen!, jackpot fever is already rocketing!

                f it, i get 20 more LOL


                their be at lest 35  to maybe 40ish  5-0    2nd place winners,    and sense their only about 46 mega numbers, i hope it lands on the few mega numbers NOT yet matched with a ticket, the odds favor the players wining it by sheer force of numbers  like shotgun spread, this jackpot about out of luck

                if it does not roll, someone form here better win LOL


                p.s loved your odd post todd, glad to see math of odds detailed

                  Neutral Zone
                  Member #14628
                  April 29, 2005
                  31 Posts
                  Posted: January 4, 2011, 1:53 pm - IP Logged

                  What???!!!???!!!  It's been all of about 3 minutes so far... They haven't raised it more that 355, yet??

                    visiondude's avatar - eye3logo
                    light on my feet
                    United States
                    Member #356
                    May 20, 2002
                    2744 Posts
                    Posted: January 4, 2011, 2:00 pm - IP Logged

                     ok,  NOW i am going to go out and buy more than one ticket ------>   (JK)

                    it only takes one...

                                "i am .........."meant to"       

                    P.S.,  that RJoH  is a stand up guy.  thanks,  vision

                             until further notice,  it's  france everyday

                      KSplayer's avatar - lightening
                      United States
                      Member #103006
                      December 29, 2010
                      108 Posts
                      Posted: January 4, 2011, 2:02 pm - IP Logged



                      all i could afford was $4 in QP and that was after finding every last bit of change i could, a win like this would be nice


                      good luck everyone


                      DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Blue Angel

                        Columbus, OH
                        United States
                        Member #96391
                        August 28, 2010
                        86 Posts
                        Posted: January 4, 2011, 2:11 pm - IP Logged

                        I pray that God watches over the winner. Good luck everyone!

                          New Jersey
                          United States
                          Member #77101
                          July 13, 2009
                          7805 Posts
                          Posted: January 4, 2011, 2:18 pm - IP Logged

                          One of the first things I'll do if I win:

                          Because you know the media is gonna be all over the winner(s).

                          Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping

                            sully16's avatar - sharan
                            United States
                            Member #81740
                            October 28, 2009
                            41925 Posts
                            Posted: January 4, 2011, 2:29 pm - IP Logged

                            Would be real nice to retire.Party

                             HyperBe Happy.