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April 2, 2012

Players, Education Win Big As Result of Record Jackpot

A Missouri player may not have won a piece of the record $656 million jackpot, but thousands of others benefited from the record-high jackpot by winning more than $870,000 in prizes.  One Missouri player won a $250,000 Mega Millions prize for matching all five white-ball numbers, 13 players won $10,000 for matching the Mega Ball and four white-ball numbers, and thousands of other players won prizes ranging from $2 to $10,000 in Friday night’s record drawing. The ticket worth $250,000 was sold at U-Gas in Cedar Hill.

“The real winner is Missouri’s public education,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “Because of the extremely high sales, education will be getting $7.1 million just from Mega Millions sales during this jackpot run alone.”

Reardon said players who find they didn’t match all six numbers should check their tickets carefully, since there are eight other ways to win prizes in the game.

“Checking your tickets is easy,” she said. “Just take them to any retail location and use the Check-A-Ticket machine to see if you won a prize.”

Mega Millions players in Missouri have 180 days to claim a prize, which in this case would be Sept. 26.

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