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Nationwide, lottery jackpots keep getting bigger

Feb 5, 2009, 7:05 pm

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Around the United States, lottery jackpots are continuing to grow larger, making the allure of picking up a couple extra lottery tickets ever-stronger.

Leading the pack is the California SuperLotto Plus jackpot, which rolled to $76 million last night when no ticket won Wednesday night's $70 million top prize.

The jackpots of both multi-state lotteries have rolled over again this week also, with grand prizes of $65 million for Powerball and $60 million for Mega Millions.

Because Mega Millions is played in California, two of the three largest jackpots worldwide are available for residents of that state to play. 

Mega Millions is played in a total of twelve states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.  Powerball is played in every other state that has a lottery, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Other big USA jackpots this week include Lotto Texas ($16 million), New York Lotto ($13 million), and Ohio Classic Lotto ($12.7 million).

All of the largest jackpots will be drawn on Saturday, with the exception of Mega Millions, which is drawn on Friday.

Around the world, only the multi-country Euro Millions game has a similarly-large jackpot, with a top prize of €15 Million (US$19.2 Million) that will be drawn on Friday.

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