Mega Millions jackpot continues to climbWednesday March 9th 2011
The top prize for the inter-state lottery game Mega Millions has grown once more after another draw failed to produce a jackpot winner. The numbers randomly selected on Tuesday night were 3, 17, 19, 41 and 55, along with the megaball, 24. No one matched all six numbers, making it the 10th draw since the jackpot was claimed.
As a result the top prize has rolled over once again and the estimated jackpot for this Friday’s game stands at $151million, meaning a single winner would be able to walk away with a lump sum of $94.3million before state and federal taxes.
Last night’s draw did however produce hundreds of thousands of other winners. Players from New Jersey, Washington, Georgia, Texas, and two from New York, matched the five main numbers, guaranteeing themselves a $100,000 prize. A player from California, who also matched five numbers, will receive a cheque for $410,000 as lottery prizes in the state are paid on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning prizes vary according to the level of sales the number of winners.
In addition, 47 Mega Millions players bought lottery tickets which matched four numbers plus the megaball to win $10,000 each.
Anyone who can’t wait until Friday to try their luck on Mega Millions might want to consider picking numbers for tonight’s Powerball lottery draw, which has an estimated jackpot of $40,000. Alternatively, tonight’s UK Lottery game is a triple rollover, for which the top prize is estimated at £17.8million.
Written by Brett Levenson