Mega Millions Jackpot Rolls To $344 Million
$1million Winning Ticket Sold in Oak Park
|For Immediate Release||Contact: Chanele Newton (312) 368-5814|
Chicago, IL— December 9, 2013 — The Mega Millions jackpot rolled Friday night and now stands at an estimated $344 million for tomorrow’s drawing. Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing produced the second $1million Match 5 winning ticket in Illinois since the game was enhanced in October.
While no one won the jackpot, an Oak Park gas station sold a winning ticket for the Friday Mega Millions drawing, meaning someone in the area could be $1,000,000 richer! The winner, who has yet to come forward, purchased their winning Quick Pick ticket at Roosevelt BP, 7140 West Roosevelt, and matched the first five numbers — 11 - 29 - 44 - 63 - 64 - (03) — in the Friday, December 6 drawing. Over 193,000 Illinoisans also won prizes ranging from $5,000 to $3.
The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket.
In October, Mega Millions was revamped to include larger, faster growing jackpots; second-place prizes of at least $1million; and better odds of winning smaller cash prizes. The game retained its $1 ticket price, as well as the optional Megaplier (costs an extra $1) that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to five.
The Mega Millions drawing takes place Tuesday and Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. and the current estimated jackpot is $344,000,000. For more information, please visit www.illinoislottery.com.
QUICK MEGA MILLIONS FACTS
- Current jackpot is $344 million with a cash option of $184 million; after withholding: $128.8 million
- Overall odds of winning the jackpot 1:258,890,850.
- Mega Millions is currently played in 45 jurisdictions: 43 states plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Mega Millions jackpots start at $15 million.
- Drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. CST.
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.