RELEASE DATE: 3/30/2012
The Mega Millions jackpot has reached historic proportions. With no jackpot winner in Tuesday’s drawing, the jackpot for March 30, 2012 is an estimated $540 million. This is the largest lottery jackpot in world history, surpassing the previous record of $390 million.
If one ticket matches all six numbers for the half-billion dollar mega-jackpot, the winner would have the choice of receiving the full jackpot in 26 annual payments of about $20.7 million, or a cash option of approximately $389.8 million.
“Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing will truly be a spectacular event in lottery history and provides an unprecedented opportunity for players to take a chance on a half-billion dollar dream for just the $1 price of a ticket,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery and lead director for the Mega Millions group.
More than 4.7 million tickets won prizes in Tuesday’s drawing, including four tickets that each won $1 million and 43 tickets that each won $250,000.
The jackpot for the March 30 drawing was originally estimated at $476 million, but with stronger than anticipated sales nationwide, it became clear that the jackpot for Friday’s drawing would be much larger. The high sales figures mean more than just a mega-jackpot amount; they mean greater profits to benefit each state in which Mega Millions is played. Each participating state’s legislature determines how its Mega Millions profits are allocated. In many states, profits are earmarked for education. The beneficiaries in other states include parks, natural resources, property tax relief, programs to help the elderly and several other important causes.
This jackpot has been growing since January 24, when Mega Millions had its most recent jackpot winner. The jackpot has now rolled 18 times without a winner. The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 176 million. The odds of winning any of the Mega Millions prizes are approximately 1 in 40.
Mega Millions is played in 44 jurisdictions (42 states plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands). Drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time; 10:00 p.m. Central Time; 9:00 p.m. Mountain Time and 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
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Arkansas Lottery -RELEASE DATE: 4/24/2011
Arkansas Scholarship Lottery signs contract to sell Arkansas Lottery tickets in vending machines.
RELEASE DATE: 4/8/2011
Arkansas Lottery Million Dollar Raffle tickets, over $900,000 in tickets were sold during the last three days. Read More
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RELEASE DATE: 4/8/2011
Arkansas Raffle -Gene Simpson of Sulphur Rock and Robert Atchley of Pearcy won the top prizes ($1 Million Dollars each) in the game, a state lottery spokeswoman said. The raffle drawing was Thursday
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RELEASE DATE: 3/26/2011
My Arkansas Lottery Mega Millions $312 million Jackpot ticket sold in New York.
My Arkansas Lottery players lined up to take their chance at winning an estimated $312 Million jackpot in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing.
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery says that sales of Mega Millions totaled about $982,000 for Friday alone. At 6:30pm, they were selling about 2,000 tickets per minute.
The drawing was held last night at 10 PM.
Winning Tickets Sold:
Match 5 + 1 Jackpot Winner: New York(1)
Match 5 + 0: Winners in California(5), Colorado
(1), Indiana(1), Kentucky(2), Maryland(1),
Massachusetts(1), Michigan(1), North Carolina(2),
New York(4), Ohio(4), Oregon(1), Pennsylvania(2),
South Carolina(1), Texas(3), Washington(2) and
Be sure to get you a Powerball ticket for tonight’s drawing (Saturday) drawing. That jackpot is estimated to be $125 Million.
RELEASE DATE: 3/23/2011
3 My Arkansas Lottery Players Hit Big Powerball Wins
When the national Powerball drawing was held Saturday
night, no one in American won the $85 Million jackpot. But three unidentified Arkansas players—one in Gassville, one in Fayetteville, and one in Hot Springs ‐‐hit it big. Here is a list of the winning sales locations and the prize amounts of the three Arkansas high‐tier Powerball tickets:
$10,000 ticket—Gassville Smoke Shoppe (Baxter County)
$20,000 ticket—White Oak Station on Crossover Road, Fayetteville
$1,000,000 ticket—MurphyUSA on Albert Pike Road in Hot Springs
RELEASE DATE: 3/23/2011
With an estimated annuitized jackpot of $304 million for the March 25 drawing, Mega Millions is the hottest ticket in town.
The winning numbers were: 1-14-35-50-53 and the Mega Ball number was 43 for the March 22 drawing.
This jackpot has been growing since February 1, when the Mega Millions jackpot was last won. The jackpot has now rolled 14 times without a winner. The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 176 million. The odds of winning any of the Mega Millions prizes are approximately 1 in 40.
Taken together, the Mega Millions jackpot for March 25 and the Powerball jackpot for March 23 represent the sixth-highest combined jackpots since the two games began cross-selling in January 2010. The Powerball jackpot is an estimated $101 million.Arkansas Lottery #1 site for Powerball Results, Mega Millions Jackpot, winning numbers. Get results by Email,Twitter, Facebook. www.myarkansaslottery.com myarkansaslotterynumbers.com My Arkansas lottery
PICK YOUR NUMBERS: Select five numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25 for the Megaball®. Use a playslip to mark your numbers or mark the Quick Pick (QP) box for randomly-generated numbers.
BUY YOUR TICKET: Mega Millions® tickets cost $2 per play. The Megaplier® option adds $1 per play. Mega Millions® sales are suspended 15 minutes prior to the draw. Once a Mega Millions® ticket has been printed, it cannot be canceled. Mega Millions® tickets must be purchased from a licensed lottery retailer.
PLAY MUTLIPLE DRAWINGS: Request from 2 to 20 Multi Draws either on the playslip or through the retailer. Multi Draws will include the next upcoming draw and be consecutive from that draw. Draws cannot be skipped.
CHECK YOUR TICKETS: Winning numbers are available at myarkansaslottery.com, from your local retailer, or by calling 501.682.4966.
1) Mega Millions® tickets cannot be canceled.
2) Mark QUICK PICK (QP) to have numbers selected randomly by the terminal.
3) Mark 5 numbers from 1 to 70 in the left play area.
4) Mark 1 Megaball® number from 1 to 25 in the right play area.
5) If you make a mistake, do not erase. Mark VOID and use the next Play.
6) Mark up to five Plays on a playslip for $2 each.
7) Mark Megaplier® to multiply non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times. Megaplier® adds $1 per Play to all Plays and Multi Draws on the playslip.
8) Mark MULTI DRAWS to play up to 20 consecutive draws (adds $2 per Play for each draw).
Mega Millions® Playslip
About the game
Mega Millions® is a multi-state jackpot game. Drawings are held at 10 p.m. CST every Tuesday and Friday. Draw sales end at 9:45 p.m. CST Tuesday and Friday. Five numbered balls are drawn from 1 to 70 and one numbered ball is drawn from 1 to 25. If all your numbers match those that are drawn, you win the jackpot, which starts at an amount set by MUSL and grows until someone wins. If other players also match all six numbers, the prize will be shared in equal amounts. Each Mega Millions® play is $2. For an additional dollar, you can add the Megaplier® option to multiply non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times.
MEGA MILLIONS® FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Playing Mega Millions®
Q: Where is Mega Millions® drawn?
A: Mega Millions® drawings are held in Atlanta, Georgia. Past draws are available to watch online here: https://www.youtube.com/user/megamillions46
Q: Is it possible for the Megaball® number to be the same as one of the five white ball numbers?
A: Yes. The five white ball numbers and the one Megaball® number are drawn from separate sets of balls, so the Megaball® number could be the same as one of the white ball numbers.
Q: Which has better odds — picking my own numbers or requesting a Quick Pick?
A: Whether you pick your own numbers or have the terminal randomly select numbers for you, the odds of winning are the same.
Q: What is the Megaplier®?
A: Megaplier® can be added to any Mega Millions® play as an option to increase non-jackpot winnings up to five times. A multiplier of 2, 3, 4 or 5 is randomly selected during the drawing for determining Megaplier® prizes.
Points for Prizes®
Q: Can I enter non-winning Mega Millions® tickets in Points for Prizes®?
A: Yes. Winning and non-winning numbers from terminal-generated games like Mega Millions® are eligible. Visit https://theclub.aslplayerservices.com/pia to enter and add Points for Prizes® points to your account. Points for Prizes® codes from terminal-generated games not associated with a draw must be entered within 180 days of purchase date whereas draw related games are based on the last draw date printed on the front of the ticket. Look for the 20 digit Points for Prizes Code.
Q: How much do Mega Millions® tickets cost?
A: Mega Millions® tickets cost $2 per play. The Megaplier® option costs an additional $1 per play.
Q: Can I purchase Mega Millions® tickets in advance?
A: To play multiple upcoming draws, request from 2 to 20 Multi Draws either on the playslip or through the retailer. Multi Draws will include the next upcoming draw and be consecutive from that draw. Draws cannot be skipped.
Q: How late can I purchase Mega Millions® tickets on a draw night?
A: Mega Millions® sales are suspended 15 minutes prior to the draw.
Q: Can a Mega Millions® ticket be voided or canceled?
A: No. Once a Mega Millions® ticket has been printed, it cannot be canceled.
Q: Can I buy Mega Millions® tickets online or by mail?
A: No. Mega Millions® tickets must be purchased from a licensed lottery retailer.
Prizes and Claims
Q: Do Mega Millions® tickets expire?
A: Prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the draw date on which the prize was won.
Q: Do I have to match the numbers in the exact order drawn?
A: No. The order of the five white balls drawn does not matter, but the Megaball® must match the Megaball® number on the ticket.
Q: Can I redeem a winning Mega Millions® ticket in any state?
A: Although the winning numbers are the same in all Mega Millions® states, a ticket must be redeemed in the state in which it was purchased.
Q: I lost my ticket. Can I claim a prize with a playslip or store receipt?
A: Mega Millions® prizes can only be claimed with a ticket printed from the lottery terminal. Playslips or store receipts will not constitute proof of purchase. Lottery tickets are bearer instruments, meaning the person who presents the ticket for claim will be presumed to be the owner. Always sign the back of any lottery ticket immediately. If you lose a ticket before you sign it, you no longer have valid ownership of the ticket.
Q: If the Megaball® is drawn from a set of 25 balls, why are the odds of winning with just the Megaball® not 1 to 25?
A: The odds of winning the $2 prize for matching just the Megaball® are 1 in 37 because the odds are a combination of 1.) matching the Megaball® and 2.) not matching any of the white ball numbers. The odds of matching the Megaball® and one white ball are 1 in 89.
Mega Millions® Jackpot
Q: What happens if more than one person wins the jackpot?
A: If there is more than one jackpot-winning ticket, the prize will be split equally among the winners.
Q: Why does a jackpot winner receive a smaller amount than the advertised jackpot?
A: The advertised jackpot is the total amount won if a winner selects an annuity over 30 annual payments (29 years). The amount of cash on hand is actually less than that and the advertised jackpot is what the cash on hand would total if invested over the 29 years. If a player chooses a lump sum, the player does not receive the interest that the cash on hand would have earned over 29 years. Applicable withholding taxes will also be deducted.
Q: What happens if the jackpot is not claimed?
A: If the jackpot is not claimed within the time frame set by the jurisdiction in which it was won (180 days in Arkansas), the jackpot funds will be returned to the states based on each state’s proportion of the sales that contributed to that jackpot.
Q: What happens if an annuity prizewinner dies?
A: Annual prize payments can continue to be paid to the winner’s heirs, or the annuity may be cashed out by the estate.