Mar 6, 2014, 8:43 am
By Todd Northrop
Lottery players across the United States will be lining up at lottery retailers for their chance to win Friday's massive $270 million Mega Millions jackpot, after nobody won Tuesday's $240 million grand prize.
The cash value stands at a staggering $151 million.
Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 17 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The current jackpot run-up started on January 7 as a $15 million grand prize.
Players should note that jackpot amounts are conservative estimates provided by the lotteries, and are often somewhat higher by the time the drawing occurs.
In the latest Mega Millions drawing that took place this past Tuesday night, there was no jackpot winner, but 3 lucky players from California matched the first 5 numbers for a second-prize win. But instead of the normal $1 million prize associated with a second-prize win, the 3 California winners will each be able to claim a $421,804 prize. That's because California awards all prizes on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning the prizes will change each drawing based on the number of tickets sold and the number of tickets that won at each prize level.
A total of 76 tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $5,000 prize. Of those tickets, 14 were sold in California, where the prize awarded this drawing is $3,427.
The Mega Millions winning numbers for Tuesday, March 4, 2014, were 10, 29, 31, 35, and 45, with Mega Ball number 10. The Megaplier number was 2.
Following the Tuesday drawing, the Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate was raised $30 million from its previous amount of $240 million. The cash value was raised by $17.3 million, from its previous amount of $133.7 million.
Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 43 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Tickets cost $1 each.
A 44th Mega Millions state may be added in early 2014, as the state of Wyoming has approved a new state lottery with the intention of joining multi-state lottery games. (See Wyoming officially becomes 44th state with a lottery, Lottery Post, Mar. 14, 2013.)
The Mega Millions winning numbers are published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing takes place.
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