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Times Square gets Mega ball drop

Feb 19, 2004, 7:26 am

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Mega Millions

The drawing for the $215 million Mega Millions jackpot will be held in Times Square tomorrow, and New York's exuberant lottery celebrity, Yolanda Vega, will announce the winning numbers.

Mega Millions is the closest thing going to a national lottery.  New York and Ohio joined the multistate game in May 2002, and Texas joined last December, bringing to 11 the number of participating states.

Six winning jackpot tickets worth a total of $400 million have been sold in New York over the last 21 months.

Vega is familiar to viewers here who have witnessed her regular lottery drawings from Albany and her signature signoff, "Yoo-landa Vega."

The Mega drawing is normally done in Atlanta.  But "we thought it was important to mark the occasion of the most exciting Mega Millions jackpot with a spectacular drawing from the most exciting place in the world - New York's Times Square," said state Lottery Director Nancy Palumbo.

Mega Millions' largest payoff was $363 million in May 2000.  At that time the lottery game was called The Big Game.

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