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December 17, 2013 |
Imagine what a buck could do! Millions considered the Lottery's motto Tuesday as they waited for the Mega Millions drawing with a jackpot of about $636 million. Many lined up outside stores to buy what they hoped would be the winning ticket. California Lottery officials say the prize could grow even more because of last-minute ticket buyers who hope to beat 7:45 p.m. deadline. And all day, millions have been pondering what they would do if they won. Among them is Michael Phan. “I'm going to pay off my debt and all my parents' debt,” he said. The 33-year-old resident of La Mirada said he also plans to start a college fund for his 10-month-old daughter, Mikayla.
March 21, 2012 |
The Mega Millions jackpot is still up for grabs at $290 million and counting, one of the biggest jackpots ever . You may have the numbers you're loyal to, but some of us are fairly random about it. As with everything, there's an app for that. If you're in one of the 42 states -- yes, California is one -- then you can take a chance. The game is simple, as Rene Lynch at the Nation Now blog explains : "Players pick six numbers from two different pools: The first five are numbers from 1 to 56, and the sixth is chosen from numbers 1 to 46. You win by matching all six numbers.
December 16, 2013 |
The Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday: $586 million. The odds of winning: 1 in 259 million. Sounds good; count me in. Yes, lottery fever is sweeping the nation - or at least that part of the nation that takes part in the Mega Millions game (the game is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wouldn't want to leave the Virgins out, right?). Somehow, I can't help but think that if the Obama administration had modeled the roll-out of Obamacare after the lottery, everyone in the country would've signed up by now - many more than once.
December 14, 2013 |
Friday the 13th meant no luck for the countless people across the nation who bought tickets for the Mega Millions jackpot. The $425-million prize went unclaimed and has now grown to $550 million, the fourth-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history. The winning numbers on Friday were: 19 24 26 27 70. Mega Ball number: 12. Still, nine people won $1 million each for matching up the first five numbers, according to the Mega Millions website Saturday. Thus far, the highest Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million in March 2012, with three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.
April 18, 2012 |
A husband and wife from an Illinois farming town have staked their claim to a $218-million share of the record Mega Millions jackpot that recently riveted the nation. Merle and Pat Butler spent just $3 on lottery tickets (using the quick-pick method) to get in on last month's record $656-million jackpot. The Butlers are the last of the three winning ticket-holders to step forward. Merle Butler, 65, attended a news conference Wednesday and told the media that when he first checked his numbers after the March 30 drawing, he couldn't believe he'd won. Pat Butler couldn't believe it at first, either.
December 17, 2013 |
In March 2012, Merle and Patricia Butler bought their winning Mega Millions ticket at the Moto Mart in Red Bud, Ill. The game had its highest jackpot in history - $656 million - and as one of three winning ticket holders, the Butlers took home a lump-sum prize of $158 million. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, a drawing is scheduled for what is expected to be Mega Millions' second-highest jackpot: $636 million. [Updated, 8:11 p.m. Dec. 17: The winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and the mega, 7, the Associated Press reported.