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January 4, 2011

Mega Millions Fact Sheet

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EST. $355 MILLION  -  Jan. 4, 2011, draw

JACKPOT INFO

  1. The estimated Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday, Jan. 4, is $355 million.  Players can choose to receive the jackpot in 26 equal annual payments or in one cash payment. Jackpot winners have 60 days from the winning draw date to choose cash or annuity payment. After 60 days, unclaimed jackpot prizes can only be claimed with the annuity payment.

  2. If the winner chooses the single cash payment, he or she will receive roughly half of the advertised amount in one lump sum. Tuesday’s cash option would bring a single player approximately $224.2 million in one payment, before taxes.

  3. The Lottery withholds 25 percent federal and 4 percent state taxes for a total of 29 percent.

  4. The Tuesday night draw will be the 16th drawing since the jackpot was last hit on Nov. 9, 2010, for $25 million. That ticket was purchased in Broadview Heights, Ohio, and is still unclaimed.

  5. Tuesday’s jackpot is the highest Mega Millions jackpot offered in Missouri since it started selling tickets on Jan. 31, 2010.

  6. This jackpot is the second- highest jackpot in the Mega Millions game’s history.

  7. It is the third-highest jackpot in U.S. history.

  8. The top 10 highest Mega Millions jackpots are:

    • $390 million - on March 6, 2007 - two tickets sold in Georgia and New Jersey

    • $336 million - on Aug. 28, 2009 - two tickets sold in California and New York

    • $330 million - on Aug. 31, 2007 - four tickets sold in Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia

    • $315 million - on Nov. 15, 2005 - one ticket sold in California

    • $294 million - on July 2, 2004 - one ticket sold in Massachusetts

    • $275 million - on Feb. 22, 2008 - one ticket sold in Georgia

    • $270 million - on Feb. 28, 2006 - one ticket sold in Ohio

    • $266 million - on May 4, 2010 - one ticket sold in California

    • $265 million - on April 18, 2006 - one ticket sold in Ohio

    • $258 million - on Sept. 16, 2005 - one ticket sold in New Jersey

  9. The top 10 jackpots won in Missouri are (all are from the Powerball game):

    1. Christopher Shaw, Marshall, $258.5 million, April 21, 2010
    2. The Wilson family, St. Louis, $254 million, Jan. 24, 2007
    3. Lucky 13 State Workers, Florissant, $224.2 million, April 12, 2006
    4. Bill and Claudia Walkenbach, Hermann, $130.6 million, July 9, 2003
    5. Jerry Sue Huellewig, St. Charles, $69 million, Nov. 25, 1995
    6. Robert and Linda Burns, Centerview, $61.9 million, May 30, 2001
    7. Rose McLeod, Blue Springs, $55 million, Feb. 25, 1998
    8. Gary and Bev Ruff, Overland, $50 million, March 4, 2000
    9. Regina Dreiling, Grandview, $47 million, May 1, 1999
    10. Al and Candace Colorado, Kansas City, $43 million, Aug. 22, 1998

  10. The highest lottery jackpot awarded nationwide was a $390 million Mega Millions jackpot claimed by two ticket holders - one in Georgia and one in New Jersey – on March 6, 2007. The second-highest jackpot was a $365 million Powerball prize (one ticket) sold in Nebraska on Feb. 18, 2006. The third-highest jackpot was a $363 million Big Game jackpot sold (two tickets) in Illinois and Michigan on May 9, 2000.


WINNER INFO

  1. Ten players have won a $250,000 prize or more since the game went on sale in Missouri on Jan. 31, 2010, including a Mansfield man who matched five numbers to win the $250,000 base prize and used the Megaplier, which was a “4,” to win $1 million, and a Phillipsburg woman who won $750,000 using the Megaplier. Two of those $250,000 prizes have been sold during this jackpot run, which started Nov. 10, 2010.

SALES INFO

  1. An average week of Missouri Mega Millions sales (since Jan. 31, 2010) is approximately $542,000.
  2. Missouri sold more than $2 million in Mega Millions tickets during the past week (Dec. 26-Jan. 1).


GENERAL POWERBALL INFO

  1. There are nine ways to win a prize in Powerball:
MATCH:
WIN:
CHANCES OF WINNING:
5 of 5 + MB
JACKPOT
1 in 175,711,536
5 of 5 (no MB)
$250,000
1 in 3,904,701
4 of 5 + MB
$10,000
1 in 689,065
4 of 5 (no MB)
$150
1 in 15,313
3 of 5 + MB
$150
1 in 13,781
3 of 5 (no MB)
$10
1 in 844
2 of 5 + MB
$7
1 in 306
1 of 5 + MB
$3
1 in 141
0 of 5 + MB
$2
1 in 75

    Overall chances are 1 in 39.89.

  1. The drawing is at 10 p.m. Central Time.  Players can buy tickets in Missouri up to 8:59 p.m. Friday night.  The drawing is held at WSB-TV in Atlanta.

  2. Approximately 5,000 terminals in Missouri sell Mega Millions tickets.

  3. There are 42 members in Mega Millions – 41 state lotteries and the D.C. Lottery. The members are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.


WHERE THE MONEY GOES

Approximately 63.4 cents of Lottery purchases are returned to players in prizes, and about 26.6 cents goes toward funding for Missouri’s public elementary, secondary and higher education. Retailers who sell Lottery tickets receive approximately 6.2 cents of every dollar and about 3.8 cents is used for administrative costs.


HOW TO PLAY

  • Pick five numbers between 1 and 56. Then pick one additional number between 1 and 46 as the Megaball number.
  • Players can win nine ways on Mega Millions, ranging from the jackpot down to $2.
  • If your Megaball number matches the Megaball number drawn, you win a prize. Without the Megaball number, you have to match at least three of the other five numbers to win a prize.
  • The overall chances of winning a prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 39.89.
  • Mega Millions players can also multiply their non-jackpot winnings up to four times using the Megaplier® feature. For $1 extra, players can win two, three or four times the regular set prize amount.  Players who match all five white-ball numbers will automatically win $1 million.  See the Mega Millions page for more details.
  • Approximately 92 percent of Mega Millions players use Quick Pick to select their numbers during an average period.

TIPS

  • Play early to avoid long lines.  The terminals will shut down at 8:59 p.m. Friday, and no one will be able to buy tickets after that time.
  • Play within your means. It only takes $1 to win.
  • When you buy a ticket, sign it immediately and keep it in a safe place. Like money, it is a bearer instrument.
  • Be sure to check your ticket closely. Even if you don’t win the jackpot, you may have won one of the eight other prizes in the game.

 

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