$370 Million Mega Millions

December 23, 2011 by staff 

$370 Million Mega Millions, The Mega Millions jackpot has just been bumped to $370 million in
advance of tonight’s drawing due to stronger than expected ticket

– At $370 million, the jackpot will be the largest Lottery jackpot in
North American history.

– The previous record was set in 2006 when a group of workers from
ConAgra Foods in Lincoln, NE won $365 million in a Powerball jackpot.

– Tonight’s drawing will take place at 10 p.m. CST, live from Times
Square in New York, and can be seen in Illinois on WGN-TV.

– The current jackpot has been rolling since January 12, 2007 (15

– Illinois has had a winner in each of the two largest Mega Millions
Jackpots of all time.

Five Largest Mega Millions Jackpots

1. $370 Million March 6, 2007 (TBD)

2. $363 Million May 9, 2000 (2 tickets – IL & MI)*

3. $331 Million April 16, 2002 (3 tickets – GA, IL & NJ)*

4. $290 Million July 2, 2004 (1 ticket – MA)

5. $267 Million February 28, 2006 (1 ticket – OH)

– Twelve states participate in the Mega Millions jackpot: Maryland,
Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York,
Ohio, Texas, Virginia, California, and Washington.

– Winners can collect their prize in one lump sum (approximately
$185 million minus 28% taxes) or take the entire jackpot value which
they will receive in 26 annual payments.

– Tickets cost $1.00 and prizes range from $2 to the jackpot.

– Drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. CST and broadcast on

– Tickets can be purchased in Illinois until 9:45 p.m. CST.

– The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 176 million.

– The odds of winning any of the Mega Millions prizes are approximately
1 in 40.

– Retailers that sell winning tickets receive a one percent bonus — if
an Illinois retailer sells the winning $355 million ticket from
Tuesday’s drawing, they will receive a $3.55 million bonus.

– The Illinois Lottery reminds players to play responsibly.

About the Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery is a state agency with annual
sales of $1.99 billion. Since its inception, the Lottery has contributed
more than $13.5 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12
public schools. Players must be at least 18 years old. For more information
on the Illinois Lottery please visit our Web site at .

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