Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $353 million

RELEASE DATE: 3/12/2014

An estimated $353 million Mega Millions jackpot ($194 million cash option) will attract lottery players across the country this Friday. At that level, the prize ranks as the fifth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

Two tickets hit five of the six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing (9, 14, 56, 57 and  69) but missed the Mega Ball of 10 to fall short of the jackpot prize. The Match 5 winning tickets, worth $1 million each, were purchased in Texas and Washington. A total of 95 Match 5 winning tickets have been sold since the Mega Millions matrix changed last October.

The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won for $61 million on January 3 by a lucky Tennessee player. More than 35.5 million prizes at all levels have been won since that date, from the $1 million Match 5 prize down to a $1 prize for matching only the Mega Ball. Many of those winners saw their prizes Megaplied by a factor of 2, 3, 4 or 5 because they purchased the optional Megaplier. There are a total of nine ways to win Mega Millions including the jackpot.

The $353 million prize would rank fifth on the list of top 10 Mega Millions jackpots:

Amount
Date
Winning Tickets
$656 million                  3/30/2012                  3-IL, KS, MD
$648 million 12/17/2013 2-CA, GA
$390 million 3/6/2007 2-GA, NJ
$380 million 1/4/2011 2-ID, WA
$353 million 3/14/2014 ?
$336 million 8/28/2009 2-CA, NY
$330 million 8/31/2007 4-MD, NJ, TX, VA
$319 million 3/25/2011 1-NY
$315 million 11/15/2005 1-CA
$294 million 7/2/2004 1-MA


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