Sep 28, 2013, 7:56 am
By Todd Northrop
It doesn't have the monster jackpot increases that Powerball has been experiencing lately, but the current Mega Millions jackpot run-up continues to offer the biggest jackpot in the world for yet another drawing.
After no lottery tickets matched all 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball Friday night, the multi-state Mega Millions jackpot was increased to an estimated $189 million.
Tuesday night we may see a very lucky mega-jackpot winner, or else the Mega Millions lottery game probably will enter into the realm of $200+ million jackpots.
The lump-sum cash value stands at a staggering $129.9 million.
Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 18 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The current jackpot run-up started on July 30 as a $12 million grand prize — it has been two months since Mega Millions has had a jackpot winner.
Players should note that jackpot amounts are conservative estimates provided by the lotteries, and are often somewhat higher by the time the drawing occurs. Occasionally the official jackpot estimate is raised even before the drawing, due to larger-than-expected sales.
In Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, there was no jackpot winner, but 13 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $250,000 prize: 1 from Arizona, 1 from California, 1 from Illinois, 2 from New Jersey, 2 from New York, 1 from Ohio, 1 from Oklahoma, 2 from Pennsylvania, and 2 from Texas.
The California winner will be awarded $259,368, since California awards all prizes in a pari-mutuel formula, which calculates the prize amount based on the number of tickets sold and the number of winners in each prize category. Because there was only one second prize-winning ticket in California, that one ticket will take home the entire pool of money allocated for the second prize category.
Also, a total of 47 tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $10,000 prize. Of those tickets, 5 were sold in California, where the prize awarded this drawing is $14,147.
The Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, September 27, 2013, were 9, 23, 27, 49, and 51, with Mega Ball number 38. The Megaplier number was 2.
Following the Friday drawing, the Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate was raised $16 million from its previous amount of $173 million. The cash value was raised by $10.6 million, from its previous amount of $119.3 million.
The next Mega Millions drawing will take place Tuesday evening at 11:00 pm Eastern Time.
Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 43 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $1 each.
Major game change coming in October
Following the drawing on October 18, 2013, Mega Millions players will be able to buy tickets for the new Mega Millions game, featuring more "white ball" numbers and fewer Mega Ball numbers, a bigger starting jackpot, easier-to-win lower-tier prizes, and the possibility to win up to $5 million without winning the jackpot.
(See Mega Millions lottery game's redesign aims at bigger jackpots, better overall odds, Lottery Post, July 17, 2013.)
The first drawing to include the new game features will be on Oct. 22, 2013.
Lottery officials expect that the upcoming changes to Mega Millions will result in bigger jackpots that occur more often, without raising ticket prices.
For a complete set of game descriptions, results, history, and all questions regarding Mega Millions, lottery players are encouraged to visit USA Mega (www.usamega.com), a Web site that caters to the Unites States's two multi-state lottery games, Powerball and Mega Millions.
The Tuesday night Mega Millions winning numbers will be published at USA Mega minutes after the drawing takes place.
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