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.
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 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.
March 30, 2012 |
The allure of getting fabulously rich as suddenly as being hit by lightning is a time-honored fantasy. Sadly, the chance of getting killed by that lightning is far more likely than getting rich by winning the world's largest lottery. As of Friday morning, the jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery had hit a record $640 million, sending players in 42 states and the District of Columbia to beat a hasty path to the nearest kiosk, sundry outlet or grocery store to plunk down a buck - or many - to purchase a lottery ticket - or many.
April 10, 2012 |
The Maryland Mega Millions mystery has been solved. Three public school educators stepped forward Monday to cash in their ticket for a share of a record jackpot that topped $656 million. They wore black gloves and matching red sweatshirts and hid behind one of those giant checks -- preferring to remain anonymous in an attempt to keep at bay all those people who would like to separate the lottery winners from their money. The trio -- two public school teachers and a school administrator -- have relatively modest plans for their winnings.