Mega Millions Jackpot Hits The Boiling Point: $212 Million!

RELEASE DATE: 2/28/2009

The jackpot is growing even larger and Mega Millions players from coast to coast are the winners!  A total of 1,477,970 tickets won prizes in the Friday, February 27 drawing.  Since no ticket matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, the excitement continues to grow for the Tuesday, March 3 drawing, which will have an estimated jackpot of $212 million.
       
The winning numbers in Friday’s drawing were: 24-37-44-50-56 and the Mega Ball number was 35.
       
You can’t come closer to winning the jackpot than the 18 tickets that matched the first five numbers and only missed the Mega Ball number.  Those tickets were purchased in Georgia (1), Illinois (2), Massachusetts (2), Maryland (2), New Jersey (2), New York (5), Ohio (1), Texas (2) and Virginia (1).
       
This jackpot has been growing since January 13, 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.
       
Here is a breakdown of all the winning tickets* in Friday’s drawing:
18 tickets matched 5 numbers for $250,000
77 tickets matched 4 numbers + the Mega Ball for $10,000
3,759 tickets matched 4 numbers for $150
4,010 tickets matched 3 numbers + the Mega Ball for $150
67,086 tickets matched 2 numbers + the Mega Ball for $10
185,111 tickets matched 3 numbers for $7
409,082 tickets matched 1 number + the Mega Ball for $3
808,827 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 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.

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