Mega-Exciting Jackpot Grows To Estimated $207 Million

RELEASE DATE: 8/19/2009

The jackpot is growing even larger and Mega Millions players from coast to coast are the winners!  A total of 1,371,730 tickets won prizes in the August 18 drawing.  Since no ticket matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, the excitement continues to grow for the Friday, August 21, 2009, drawing, which will have an estimated jackpot of $207 million.
     
Tuesday’s winning numbers were: 4-5-26-37-56 and the Mega Ball number was 25.
     
You can’t come closer to winning the jackpot than the 14 tickets that matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number.  Those tickets were purchased in California (3), Georgia (1), Illinois (2), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), New Jersey (2), New York (1), Texas (1) and Virginia (2). 
     
This jackpot has been growing since July 7, when Mega Millions had its most recent jackpot winner. The jackpot has now rolled 12 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.
     
Here is a breakdown of all the winning tickets* in Tuesday’s drawing:
14 tickets matched the first 5 numbers for $250,000
58 tickets matched 4 numbers + the Mega Ball for $10,000
3,063 tickets matched 4 numbers for $150
3,880 tickets matched 3 numbers + the Mega Ball for $150
64,956 tickets matched 2 numbers + the Mega Ball for $10
165,524 tickets matched 3 numbers for $7
400,943 tickets matched 1 number + the Mega Ball for $3
733,292 tickets matched the Mega Ball for $2  

Mega Millions is played in 12 states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 10:00 p.m. Central Time and 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time.  For more information on Mega Millions please visit www.megamillions.com.


*California law restricts California Lottery games to pari-mutuel prizes.  Prize amounts in California will differ from the fixed prize amounts shown here.  Visit http://www.calottery.com/games/megamillions for the California Lottery Web site and prize amounts.  Pari-mutuel means that prize amounts vary with the number of tickets sold and the number of winning tickets in each prize category.