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CHICAGO – March 28 2012—Mega Millions rolled for the 18th time last night when no one matched the winning numbers: 09 - 19 - 34 - 44 – 51; Mega Ball number 24. Today’s jackpot stands at $476 million for the Friday night Mega Millions drawing. This jackpot is now the world’s largest jackpot ever -- proving that when it comes to the lottery, anything’s possible.

While no one won Tuesday’s $363 million Mega Millions jackpot, there were two second place winning tickets sold in Illinois. These winners will receive the second place prize of $250,000 for matching 5 numbers. These two winning tickets were sold at: Trainor BP (Quick Pick) located at 319 W Howard St. in Pontiac and S A Liquors (Quick Pick) located at 1472 Cedarwood Dr. in Cresthill.


  • Current Jackpot is $476 million with a cash option of $341 million; after withholding: $239 million.
  • The last winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket was sold Jan 24, 2012 in Georgia for $72 million.
  • Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game played in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands for a total of 44 jurisdictions.
  • Mega Millions jackpots start at $12 million.
  • Each play costs just $1.00.
  • The very first jackpot Mega Millions winning ticket was sold on May 17, 2002, in Chatham, IL and resulted in a $28 million jackpot prize.
  • Drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. CST.
  • The previous biggest-ever Mega Millions jackpot prize was $390 million from March 2007.

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Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $20 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 Players must be at least 18 years old.