Mega Millions tops $220 million

Jackpot soars two months in a row

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States that participate in the Mega Millions
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States that participate in the Mega Millions

The Mega Millions soared past $220 million for the second time in two months. Tuesday’s drawing ruffled a few feathers though with 68 tickets missing the Mega Ball number.

Last night’s numbers were 1, 4, 6, 11 and 14 with the Mega Millions Ball being 30. Since no one had the Mega Millions Ball the payout jumped to $290 million or a cash payout of $205 million. If someone had picked the magic six numbers correctly, the payout would have been the second largest in history. The largest Mega Millions payout was to Louisa White, an 81-year-old from Rhode Island.

Phily.com reports that New Jersey had five winning Mega Millions tickets worth a payout of possibly $1 million if they have they had the Mega Ball, and Pennsylvania had two tickets worth $250,000. Pennsylvania doesn’t have the Mega Millions Ball option.

As ironic as it may sound, California residents sadly had the most winning Mega Millions tickets at 21. Though, since the state doesn’t have a Mega Millions Ball either and under their pari-mutuel system, the winnings were split up, and ticket holders only received $56,382.

Winnings in other states ranged from $250,000 to $1 million.

If you are thinking about playing the Mega Millions anytime soon, remember that your odds are 1 in 175,711,536. Suddenly, Vegas odds seem pretty good.

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