|For Immediate Release||Contact: Chanele Newton (312) 368-5814|
CHICAGO, IL— December 13, 2013 — Friday the 13th proved to be a lucky day for lottery players. With the Mega Millions jackpot at an eye-popping $425 million, the Illinois Lottery gave up to 400 Illinoisans the chance to play the game for free. The Lottery was on site today at three Chicago retailers to give the first 134 customers at 7-Eleven, 200 North Dearborn, and the first 133 customers at South Water News Stand, 225 North Michigan Avenue, and Jewel Food Store, 3400 North Western, a free Mega Millions Quick Pick.
Tonight’s jackpot is the second-largest in Mega Millions history and has been growing since October 1 — rolling a total of 20 times without a winner. The massive $425 million grand prize can be contributed to changes made to the game in October that enabled 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.
Tickets are on sale until 9pm tonight. Mega Millions tickets can be purchased online or on mobile phones via the 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. Tickets can also be purchased at more than 8,200 retailers across the state.
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.
If you are interested in an interview with Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones regarding the current Mega Millions jackpot, please contact Chanele Newton at 312-368-5814 to set up an interview.
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 illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.