The grand prize in the Mega Millions multistate lottery game keeps increasing and will be up to a projected $130 million for the upcoming drawing on Tuesday. The cash option stands at an estimated $88.2 million up for grab. The amount was rolled over because nobody hit all 5 white ball numbers and the Mega Ball number to win the $119 million grand prize Friday night. The numbers from Friday, September 13th, 2013 drawing were 9-22-28-48-54 and the Mega Ball was 8, Megaplier was 4. The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing for fourteen draws since Tuesday, July 30th, 2013.A single lucky player from New Jersey won the $19 million top prize in Friday, July 26th, 2013 drawing.
Although the jackpot was not hit Friday evening, some players still walked away with huge prizes. There were 3 2nd prize winning tickets from Friday night's drawing, matching all five lotto numbers except the Mega Ball number. The 3 lucky ticket(s) sold in California(2) and Maryland(1), each won one quarter million dollar cash by matching all 5 white ball numbers.
Additional major winners Friday evening included 32 tickets that matched four white ball numbers as well as the Mega Ball and won $10,000. Other winners Friday evening included 1574 tickets that matched 4 lotto numbers and won $150. Other prizes won included 1964 tickets that matched 3 white numbers in addition to the Mega Ball and won $150.
With 9 different prize levels, there were 687,343 winning tickets sold across the nation in the Friday, September 13th, 2013 drawing.
Mega Millions lottery is played in 43 states and D.C. On average, 50% of the Mega Millions sales goes back to the players through prizes. About 15% goes to retailer commissions and lottery operation expenses. Approximately 35% total sales is used in government services, education and charities in the member lottery states. Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 7:59 PM Pacific Time. To play Mega Millions, pick 5 numbers from a set of 56 then pick 1 Mega Ball number from a set of 46. Each play costs $1. In some states, players can choose to pay $1 extra to purchase the Megaplier option, which multiplies the prizes 2 to 5 times except grand prize. The minimum Mega Millions jackpot starts at $12,000,000. Its annuity option is paid in 26 equal yearly installments. Winners can choose one lump-sum cash payout instead.
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Mega Millions jackpot leaps to $130 million Tuesday