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Mega Millions Jackpot Grows to $400 Million

 

Chicago, IL— December 11, 2013 — The Mega Millions jackpot rolled last night and now stands at an estimated $400 million for Friday’s drawing– making this the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history, and the fifth-largest ever in North America.

The winning numbers from Tuesday’s drawing were: 05 - 12 - 22 - 41 - 65 and the Mega Ball was 13. The current jackpot has been growing since Oct. 1 and has rolled 20 times without a grand-prize winner. While no one won last night’s jackpot, over 255,000 Illinoisans won prizes ranging from $5,000 to $3.

Illinoisans who want to get in on the game but are trying to stay warm in this frigid weather can purchase their tickets online or on their mobile phone via their mobile carriers’ Internet (3G, 4G and LTE) connection at www.myillinoislottery.com. The mobile-play convenience is currently available to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless customers. Lottery players who do not use these carriers can still play via mobile devices by using a Wi-Fi connection. Players can also purchase their tickets at more than 8,200 retailers across the state.

Friday’s $400 million jackpot is the largest since recent changes were made to Mega Millions that include larger starting jackpots, a million-dollar second prize, and a new matrix of 1-75 for the first five numbers and 1-15 for the Mega Ball number. One thing that did not change is the price of a Mega Millions ticket: still $1.

At the time of yesterday’s drawing, total Mega Millions sales in Illinois totaled $26.6 million. An estimated $10.6 million has been allocated for the Common School Fund during this jackpot run alone. Since Illinois introduced its first multi-state lottery game, Mega Millions (previously the Big Game) has contributed over $1 billion to the Illinois Common School Fund and Capital Projects Fund.

Rank

Amount

Date

Number of Winning Tickets

States With Winning Tickets

1

$656 million

3/30/2012

3

Kansas, Illinois, Maryland

2

$400 million

Current Jackpot

3

$390 million

3/6/2007

2

Georgia, New Jersey

4

$380 million

1/4/2011

2

Idaho, Washington

5

$336 million

8/28/2009

2

California, New York

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About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.