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December 17, 2013

Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to Second-Highest Ever

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EST. $636 MILLION  -  Dec. 17, 2013, draw

JACKPOT INFO

  1. The estimated Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday, Dec. 17, is $636 million.  Players can choose to receive the jackpot in 30 graduated payments over 29 years 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 $341.2 million in one payment, before taxes.

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

  4. The Tuesday night draw will be the 22nd drawing since the jackpot was last hit on Oct. 1 for $189 million. That jackpot was won by a family in Arundel County, Maryland.

  5. Tuesday night’s jackpot is the second-largest ever offered in the game, and the fourth-largest ever in North America.
  6. The top 10 highest Mega Millions jackpots are:

      • $656 million- on March 30, 2012 - three tickets sold in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland

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

      • $380 million - on Jan. 4, 2011 - two tickets sold in Idaho and Washington

      • $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

      • $319 million - on March 25, 2011 - one ticket sold in New York

      • $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

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

      • Cindy and Mark Hill, Dearborn, $293.7 million, Nov. 28, 2012

      • Chris Shaw, Marshall, $258.5 million, April 21, 2010

      • The Wilson family, St. Louis, $254 million, Jan. 24, 2007

      • Lucky 13 State Workers, Florissant, $224.2 million, April 12, 2006

      • Bill and Claudia Walkenbach, Hermann, $130.6 million, July 9, 2003

      • Jerry Sue Huellewig, St. Charles, $69 million, Nov. 25, 1995

      • Robert and Linda Burns, Centerview, $61.9 million, May 30, 2001

      • Rose McLeod, Blue Springs, $55 million, Feb. 25, 1998

      • Gary and Bev Ruff, Overland, $50 million, March 4, 2000

      • Regina Dreiling, Grandview, $47 million, May 1, 1999

  8. The highest lottery jackpot awarded nationwide was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot won with three winning tickets ($218.6 million each) in the March 30, 2012, drawing sold in Ottawa, Kan., Red Bud, Ill., and Milford Mill, Md. The second-highest jackpot was a Powerball jackpot worth $590.5 million claimed by one ticketholder in Zephryrhills, Fla., on May 18, 2013. The third-highest jackpot was a Powerball jackpot worth $587.5 million won on Nov. 28, 2012, with two winning tickets ($293.7 million each) sold in Dearborn, Mo., and Fountain Hills, Ariz.


WINNER INFO

  1. One player has won the $1 million Match 5 prize since the second-level prize increased from $250,000 to an automatic $1 million on Oct. 19, 2013.

  2. Prior to Oct. 19, 2013, 31 players won a $250,000 prize or more since the game went on sale in Missouri on Jan. 31, 2010, including: a Mansfield man who used the Megaplier to multiply the $250,000 second-level prize to $1 million; a St. Louis man who used the Megaplier to multiply the second-level $250,000 prize to $1 million; and a Phillipsburg woman who used the Megaplier to multiply the second-level $250,000 prize to $750,000.

SALES INFO

  1. An average week of Missouri Mega Millions sales during FY14 is approximately $537,000.
  2. Missouri sold more than $3.8 million in Mega Millions tickets during the past week (Dec. 8-14).


GENERAL MEGA MILLIONS INFO

  1. There are nine ways to win a prize in Mega Millions:
MATCH:
WIN:
CHANCES OF WINNING:
5 of 5 + MB
JACKPOT
1 in 258,890,850
5 of 5 (no MB)
$1 million
1 in 18,492,204
4 of 5 + MB
$5,000
1 in 739,688
4 of 5 (no MB)
$500
1 in 52,835
3 of 5 + MB
$50
1 in 10,720
3 of 5 (no MB)
$5
1 in 766
2 of 5 + MB
$5
1 in 473
1 of 5 + MB
$2
1 in 56
0 of 5 + MB
$1
1 in 21

    Overall chances are 1 in 14.7.

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

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

  3. The multi-state Mega Millions game started on May 15, 2002, with nine members, and Missouri joined on Jan. 31, 2010. The game underwent enhancements in October 2013, which included a larger starting jackpot, guaranteed $5 million rolls, a $1 million second-level prize and better overall odds.

  4. There are 45 members in Mega Millions – 43 state lotteries, the D.C. Lottery and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The members are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, 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 64.7 cents of Lottery purchases are returned to players in prizes, and about 24.5 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 4.6 cents is used for administrative costs.


HOW TO PLAY

  • Pick five numbers between 1 and 75. Then pick one additional number between 1 and 15 as the Mega Ball® number.

  • Players can win nine ways on Mega Millions, ranging from the jackpot down to $1.

  • If your Mega Ball® number matches the Mega Ball® number drawn, you win a prize. Without the Mega Ball® 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 14.7.

  • Mega Millions players can also multiply their non-jackpot winnings up to five times using the Megaplier® feature. For $1 extra, players can win two, three, four or five times the regular set prize amount.  For example, players who choose the Megaplier® feature and match all five white-ball numbers will win from $2 million to $5 million, depending on the Megaplier® number drawn. See the Mega Millions page for more details.

  • Approximately 89 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. Tuesday, 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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