Mega Millions Fever Is Hot As The Jackpot Hits $252 Million

RELEASE DATE: 8/22/2009

The hottest ticket in town is Mega Millions. There was no jackpot winner in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing, so Americans woke up to a jackpot that soared to an estimated $252 million for the Tuesday, August 25, 2009, drawing.
     
A total of 1,964,485 tickets from coast to coast won prizes in the Friday, August 21, Mega Millions drawing. The winning numbers were: 9-38-44-48-49 and the Mega Ball number was 13.
     
Of all those winning tickets, 24 were just shy of hitting the estimated $207 million jackpot. They did so by matching the first five numbers and only missing the Mega Ball number. Those tickets were sold in California (4), Georgia (3), Michigan (2), New Jersey (6), New York (3), Ohio (2), Texas (2) 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 13 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 holds the record for the largest jackpot in U.S. history. On March 6, 2007, the Mega Millions jackpot grew to $390 million. There were two winning tickets in that drawing: in Dalton, Georgia and Woodbine, New Jersey.

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 PM Eastern Time, 10:00 PM Central Time and 8:00 PM Pacific Time.  For more information on Mega Millions please go to: www.megamillions.com.