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Mega Millions Jackpot Rolls To $291 Million

Largest MM jackpot in 20 months

For Immediate Release Contact: Chanele Newton (312) 368-5814

Chicago, IL— December 4, 2013 — The Mega Millions jackpot rolled again and now stands at a jaw-dropping $291 million for Friday’s drawing – making this the largest jackpot since last year’s $656 million Mega Millions jackpot and the biggest jackpot the game has seen since its October revamp. The winning numbers from Tuesday’s drawing were: 07 - 12 - 41 - 44 - 59 and the Mega Ball was 03. While no one won last night’s jackpot, over 155,000 Illinoisans won prizes ranging from $15,000 to $3.

The current Mega Millions jackpot is the ninth largest jackpot in the game’s history. Its substantial $291 million jackpot is a result of several upgrades added to the game that enables larger, faster growing jackpots; second-place prizes of at least $1million; and better odds of winning smaller cash prizes.

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.

Top Ten Mega Millions Jackpots

Rank

Amount

Date

Number of Winning Tickets

States With Winning Tickets

1

$656 million

3/30/2012

3

Kansas, Illinois, Maryland

2

$390 million

3/6/2007

2

Georgia, New Jersey

3

$380 million

1/4/2011

2

Idaho, Washington

4

$336 million

8/28/2009

2

California, New York

5

$330 million

8/31/2007

4

Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia

6

$319 million

3/25/2011

1

New York

7

$315 million

11/15/2005

1

California

8

$294 million

7/2/2004

1

Massachusetts

9

$291 million

Current Jackpot

10

$275 million

2/22/2008

1

Georgia

QUICK MEGA MILLIONS FACTS

  • Current jackpot is $291 million with a cash option of $157 million; after withholding: $109.9 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.

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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.

 



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