Jackpot keeps rolling, now at $216 million

RELEASE DATE: 2/26/2014

The excitement is building as the estimated Mega Millions jackpot for Friday, February 28, is $216 million (with a $119 million cash option). There were two winning Match 5 tickets Tuesday night, hitting the first five numbers (12, 18, 25, 35 and 66) but missing the Mega Ball of 15.

More than 2.2 million winning Mega Millions tickets, at all prize levels except the jackpot, were sold for the February 25 drawing. They were led by the two $1 million Match 5 winners, from Arizona and Maryland. Other prizes range from $5,000 down to $1. For the third consecutive draw, the optional Megaplier number was 5, so anyone holding a winning ticket that included the extra $1 purchase saw their prize automatically increase by a factor of five.

Friday’s drawing will be the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot since the record $656 million prize on March 30, 2012. Only last December’s $648 million jackpot was higher.

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