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One ticket wins $290 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot

Wet Dog's avatar - wallace

W O W !  I dont b

Mana's avatar - mana
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Jani Norman's avatar - fiftyways

I truly hope so too, that it went to someone who deserves it and will do good with it also.

four4me's avatar - gate1

How do you differentiate between someone who is deserving of it. I say if they have a winning ticket they deserve it regardless of who they are or what their intentions are for the money.  Whomever bought it more power to um!

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It seems like all the winning Mega Million tickets and even the Power Ball tickets are sold on the east coast. I was standing in line in IL to buy a ticket a guy told me not to bother, he said they have it rigged that the Power Ball and Mega Millions jackpots will have the Big Jackpot winning tickets sold in the eastern states. It sure seems that way in the last couple years. But I'm still playing both. If I don't play I can't have a chance to win.

hypersoniq's avatar - binary

winners tend to come from the places that sell the most tickets...

fja's avatar - gnome1
Quote:Originally posted by LottoLin on July 03, 2004


It seems like all the winning Mega Million tickets and even the Power Ball tickets are sold on the east coast. I was standing in line in IL to buy a ticket a guy told me not to bother, he said they have it rigged that the Power Ball and Mega Millions jackpots will have the Big Jackpot winning tickets sold in the eastern states. It sure seems that way in the last couple years. But I'm still playing both. If I don't play I can't have a chance to win.


with exception to illinois and texas, all other mega million states are East,,,which makes your comment technically true, however this is Mass. first lottery win versus 3 for Illinois.....
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I have one question- with the prior drawing the jackpot was at 220 and since no one won it went to 280 later raised to 290....my question is this; what happened to the other monies?  If no one had won on Friday then the lottery probably would have gone to 370 million at least instead this is ditributed to the 11 states - but in what manner?

vincejr's avatar - wallace

What other monies? The advertized jackpot amount is based on the minimum expected contribution from each participating state to the jackpot pool based on their sales. There is no "other monies". The portions from each state to the jackpot pool from each of the earlier advertized jackpots helped make up the $290 million. The rest of the prize payout levels are the responsibility of each state's lottery individually. So, therefore, there is no "other monies" to be had.

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There are no lost funds.  The new jackpot is an ESTIMATE, based upon what the states THINK they will sell, not what they sold in the past.  All funds earmarked for prizes are 100% distributed after each draw (unless no one claims the prize of course).

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