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MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT SOARS TO $636 MILLION
Mega Millions buying frenzy sends jackpot to brink of world record Includes video report Updated at 1:03 pm with Maryland sales stats By Todd Northrop Certainly the state lotteries expected the multi-state Mega Millions October rules changes to increase jackpots, but it's fair to say the first jackpot run under the new rules exceeded their wildest expectations. When Mega Millions changed its number matrix and prize structure in October, Texas Lottery executive director Gar
Dec 17, 2013, 12:08 pm - Lottery News

Powerball 'Ultimate Tailgate Party' promotion launched in 18 states
Includes video report By Todd Northrop As part of an effort to promote the multi-state Powerball game on a national level, 18 states are participating in a new promotion to send lottery players to a special NFL fan festival attended by several players in the NFL Hall of Fame. Winners in the Powerball Pro Football Hall of Fame trip will be treated to a 5 day/4 night trip to Cleveland, Ohio for the Ultimate Tailgate Party and Pro Football Hall of Fame's Fan Festival. The event will oc
Nov 16, 2013, 12:44 pm - Lottery News

Calif. Lottery trying to track down big winner
By Todd Northrop The California Lottery has released images from surveillence video of a man buying a lottery ticket, in hopes that someone recognizes him before the winning ticket expires. The man in the video stands to lose a jackpot of $465,539 that he won in May, but if the lottery can't find him in less than two weeks, he'll miss out on the payout for good. According to the California Lottery, the half-millionaire in waiting hit five of six winning numbers in the May 22 Powerball g
Nov 6, 2013, 8:00 am - Lottery News

Tickets for updated Mega Millions game on sale Saturday
By Todd Northrop Starting Saturday, October 19, lottery players from around the United States will be able to buy tickets for the newly-refreshed Mega Millions game, with a ticket price that is remaining just $1 per play. Mega Millions drawings will have larger, faster growing jackpots, million-dollar second prizes and better odds of winning any prize. We think that players will respond favorably to the new Mega Millions changes and expect even greater sales for the game, said Gary Gri
Oct 18, 2013, 3:21 pm - Lottery News

$189 million Mega Millions winning ticket sold in Maryland
Second Mega Millions jackpot ticket sold in Maryland this year Maryland is certainly having a mega streak of luck this year thanks to Mega Millions. One Mega Millions ticket worth $189 million with a cash option of $129.7 million matched all six numbers including the Mega Ball. The winning numbers were 7, 10, 30, 37, and 53, with Mega Ball number 1. This is the second Maryland Mega Millions jackpot win this year, following the $26 million jackpot claimed by a Mt. Airy woman in late F
Oct 2, 2013, 8:02 am - Lottery News

$189 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot rolls again
By Todd Northrop It doesn't have the monster jackpot increases that Powerball has been experiencing lately, but the current Mega Millions jackpot run-up continues to offer the biggest jackpot in the world for yet another drawing. After no lottery tickets matched all 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball Friday night, the multi-state Mega Millions jackpot was increased to an estimated $189 million. Tuesday night we may see a very lucky mega-jackpot winner, or else the Mega Millions lottery game p
Sep 28, 2013, 7:56 am - Lottery News

$173 MILLION: Mega Millions is the hot ticket
By Todd Northrop Lottery players across the United States are buying their Mega Millions tickets in preparation for Friday's massive $173 million drawing, after nobody won Tuesday's $160 million jackpot. The cash value stands at a staggering $119.3 million. Lottery players typically think of the cash value as roughly half of the annuity estimate, but this Mega Millions cash value represents nearly 70% of the annuity estimate. Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 17 cons
Sep 25, 2013, 8:44 am - Lottery News

Illinois Lottery kicks off new 'Hit or Miss' game
Includes video report By Todd Northrop For Illinois Lottery players one thing is certain: they would be hard-pressed to claim their lottery is boring. After a string of game changes and new games that stretches back a year to when the My3 game was introduced, the Illinois Lottery is today revealing its latest new game: Hit or Miss. The new game is nearly identical to a Texas Lottery game called All or Nothing, in which players choose 12 numbers out of a pool of 24, and prizes are det
Sep 22, 2013, 11:24 am - Lottery News

One ticket wins $400 million Powerball jackpot
1 winning ticket from South Carolina Final jackpot total of $399.4 million is fifth-largest ever in USA By Todd Northrop Wednesday's massive Powerball jackpot that generated millions of ticket sales this week has been won by a single ticket sold in South Carolina. The $399.4 million Powerball jackpot, which is the fifth-largest of any lottery game in history, started as a $40 million prize on August 10, 2013, and continued accumulating prize money for 12 consecutive drawings, until i
Sep 19, 2013, 6:50 am - Lottery News

$400 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot explodes
5th-largest US jackpot ever; 8th-largest cash value By Todd Northrop For only the 5th time in the history of United States lotteries, a lottery jackpot has grown to $400 million or more. The new high-water mark of $400 million for the current Powerball jackpot was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Saturday night's $301 million grand prize. The lump-sum cash payout value of Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is $223.6 million. After-tax cash and annuity prize amounts are repo
Sep 15, 2013, 8:56 am - Lottery News