RELEASE DATE: 10/22/2014
The excitement is building as the Mega Millions jackpot continues to roll. No ticket matched all six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing (5, 35, 37, 41 and 66, plus the Mega Ball of 11), so the estimated jackpot for the Friday, October 24, drawing is $224 million (cash value $137 million).
There were three tickets that matched the five white balls, missing only the Mega Ball. Two were sold in California and one in Illinois. California has been on a roll, with Match 5 winners in each of the last four drawings.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since it was last won in California at $180 million on August 22. A California winner also took a $30 million jackpot on April 4. Other jackpot winners this year have been in Tennessee ($61 million on January 3), in New York ($20 million on March 25), in Pennsylvania ($149 million on May 20), in Michigan ($66 million on June 13) and in Texas ($33 million on June 27). The largest jackpot this year, and third-highest Mega Millions jackpot ever, was a $414 million prize split between winners in Florida and Maryland on March 18.
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