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$206 MILLION: Mega Million lottery jackpot soars

Mega MillionsMega Millions: $206 MILLION: Mega Million lottery jackpot soars

By Todd Northrop

Last-minute shoppers can potentially give the gift of a $206 million jackpot this Christmas, because the Mega Millions multi-state lottery game did not produce a winner Friday night.

Lottery players across the United States are buying their Mega Millions tickets in preparation for Tuesday's massive $206 million drawing.

The cash value stands at a staggering $151.9 million.  Lottery players typically think of the cash value as roughly half of the annuity estimate, but this Mega Millions cash value represents 73% of the annuity estimate.

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 15 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner.  The current jackpot run-up started on Nov. 4 as a $12 million grand prize.

Players should note that jackpot amounts are conservative estimates provided by the lotteries, and are often somewhat higher by the time the drawing occurs.

In the latest Mega Millions drawing that took place Friday night, there was no jackpot winner, but 31 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $250,000 prize: 5 from California, 1 from Connecticut, 1 from Georgia, 1 from Illinois, 1 from Indiana, 3 from Massachusetts, 3 from New Jersey, 5 from New York, 3 from Ohio, 2 from Tennessee, 3 from Texas, 1 from Virginia, 1 from Washington, and 1 from Wisconsin.

The 5 California winners will each be awarded prizes of $155,663, because California awards all prizes with 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. All the other Mega Millions states award fixed amounts for all non-jackpot prizes.

Following the Friday drawing, the Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate was raised $33 million from its previous amount of $173 million. The cash value was raised by $22.4 million, from its previous amount of $129.5 million.

The next Mega Millions drawing will take place Tuesday evening at 11:00 pm Eastern Time.

Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 42 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The latest state to join Mega Millions, Louisiana, became the 42nd Mega Millions state during the current jackpot run-up, on Nov. 16.

For a complete set of game descriptions, results, history, and all questions regarding Mega Millions, lottery players are encouraged to visit USA Mega (www.usamega.com), a Web site devoted to the Unites States's two multi-state lottery games, Powerball and Mega Millions.

The Mega Millions winning number will be published at USA Mega Tuesay night, minutes after the drawing takes place.

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Republic of Texas
United States
Member #57557
January 9, 2008
1095 Posts
Posted: December 24, 2011, 8:26 am - IP Logged

Nice roll!  Good luck to all lottery players for next Tuesday's drawing! I think I'll buy my tickets early this round. White Bounce



    OldSchoolPa's avatar - Lottery-057.jpg
    Gurnee, Illinois
    United States
    Member #49731
    February 12, 2007
    923 Posts
    Posted: December 24, 2011, 8:26 am - IP Logged

    All I want for Christmas is $151.9 million!!!  That would be such a great Christmas and birthday gift for me (yep I am a Christmas baby!)!!!  How about it Mega Millions numbers?  Can you show me some love and give me a wonderful gift?  I thank you in advance!!!

    Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

    The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

      foragoodcause's avatar - Lottery-021.jpg

      Member #49288
      January 25, 2007
      40 Posts
      Posted: December 24, 2011, 8:32 am - IP Logged

      One million will make me very happy for Chrismas

        United States
        Member #68713
        December 28, 2008
        301 Posts
        Posted: December 24, 2011, 8:41 am - IP Logged

        BananaSo much money , hope someone win that will share like meBig Grin I would Thudbefore I could do anything so much money a good way to start the New Year!.Oh!what a great way to end an terrible year.Well good luck everyone and that's what it will be luck. Big Grin SantaMERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!

          hearsetrax's avatar - 0118

          United States
          Member #52345
          May 21, 2007
          2748 Posts
          Posted: December 24, 2011, 8:50 am - IP Logged

          Roll Eyes without even checking the ticket I bought last night .....  I knew it was a fool's errand but I was 3/4s convinced  that this might be the one

          me thinks am gonna put off getting anymore tickets till after the 1st of the year


          Cheers heres to 2012 and the first major jackpot of the new year and the lucky winner/s Cheers

            Orlando, FL
            United States
            Member #115785
            August 28, 2011
            259 Posts
            Posted: December 24, 2011, 9:22 am - IP Logged

            Yes, can some one explain to me why the MM Cash Option is always more than the PB Cash Option when they are at the same jackpot amount?


              dpoly1's avatar - driver
              United States
              Member #66141
              October 16, 2008
              1711 Posts
              Posted: December 24, 2011, 9:41 am - IP Logged

              Happy New Year !  Dance

                LottoGuyBC's avatar - Lottery-050.jpg
                British Columbia
                Member #116101
                September 4, 2011
                4033 Posts
                Posted: December 24, 2011, 9:51 am - IP Logged

                 the gift of a $206 million  White Bounce

                Big Grin Santa

                "You have to be in it to win it!"

                  Cletu$2's avatar - Lottery-050.jpg
                  United States
                  Member #120504
                  December 21, 2011
                  534 Posts
                  Posted: December 24, 2011, 10:05 am - IP Logged

                  I'm greedy.I'll settle for nothing less than the whole jackpot!

                    KSplayer's avatar - lightening
                    United States
                    Member #103006
                    December 29, 2010
                    108 Posts
                    Posted: December 24, 2011, 10:12 am - IP Logged

                    Merry Christmas Big Grin Santa and good luck to everyone!

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

                      Baton Rouge, LA
                      United States
                      Member #4602
                      May 7, 2004
                      701 Posts
                      Posted: December 24, 2011, 10:20 am - IP Logged

                      I'm hoping to be Louisiana's first MegaMillions jackpot winner and a jackpot like this would be great for that!

                      Prisoner Six

                      "I am not a number, I am a free man!"


                        United States
                        Member #94616
                        July 24, 2010
                        4735 Posts
                        Posted: December 24, 2011, 10:27 am - IP Logged

                        I'm greedy.I'll settle for nothing less than the whole jackpot!

                        NOT ME!! Will take the $600 I hit last night, 3+ mega ball with Megaplier!!! Dance


                          United States
                          Member #12694
                          March 20, 2005
                          17 Posts
                          Posted: December 24, 2011, 10:41 am - IP Logged

                          I think Santa gonna stop by my house and give me my Christmas present this year..Hurray!...Go Niners.

                            dpoly1's avatar - driver
                            United States
                            Member #66141
                            October 16, 2008
                            1711 Posts
                            Posted: December 24, 2011, 10:51 am - IP Logged

                            Anyone that does not think that 35% tax on this jackpot is enough is full of the Greed of Childish Socialist Envy! Happy New Year!