Jackpot Fever Warming Up a Chilly Golden State!
Prize Amounts Continue to Soar to the Largest Totals Californians Have Seen in Years
SACRAMENTO – While a bitter arctic blast helped set record low temperatures in California over night, the odds are pretty good that jackpot totals for three of our major draw games are giving Golden State residents a very warm feeling inside.
In fact, two of the current jackpots are at totals we haven’t witnessed in almost two years. So let’s get right down to it – there’s a lot of big holiday money up for grabs!
• The Mega Millions® jackpot for tomorrow (Friday) night’s draw is $291 million – the ninth largest of all time. It’s also the largest Mega Millions jackpot since March 30, 2012, when three winning tickets split a U.S. lottery-record $656 million.
• The SuperLotto Plus® jackpot for Saturday night’s draw has grown to $44 million. It’s the largest since July 23, 2011 when a single-winning ticket purchased in Anaheim won the $61 million jackpot.
• The Powerball® jackpot, also for Saturday night’s draw, has ballooned to an even $100 million. While nobody won the $81 million jackpot last night, one lucky ticket sold in Sacramento did match five of six numbers (6-9-11-31-44, missing only the Powerball number 25) and is now worth a crisp $1,072,680!
And how’s this for an added gift just in time for the holidays? – The lucky Sacramento retailer who sold that Powerball ticket is going to get a check for about $5,363! That’s because on November 21, the California Lottery Commission voted to start awarding retailers who sell five of six winning draw game tickets (of more than $1 million) – a one half percent retailer bonus. Previously, only retailers who sold the winning jackpot ticket were eligible for the standard one half percent bonuses.
Speaking of the holidays – tonight in Sacramento, we’re excited to get into the spirit by kicking off the first of 10 Lottery Live holiday events that will be held around the state. Spend $10 on our wide variety of Lottery products, and you get to spin the Holiday Wheel for a chance to win some great prizes. Here’s a hint – the odds of winning something are even money! So bundle up with that favorite holiday sweater or coat, and head out to the following locations in your area:
• December 5 (4:00pm-7:00pm) Lichine’s Liquor & Deli, 7107 S. Land Park Dr., Sacramento
• December 6 (4:00pm-7:00pm) Moroa Deli & Liquor, 5034 N. Moroa Ave., Fresno
• December 6 (4:00pm-7:00pm) Luen Shing Bookstore, 912 E. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park
• December 12 (4:00pm-7:00pm) Ironwood Liquor, 23980 Ironwood Ave., Moreno Valley
• December 12 (4:00pm-7:00pm) NT Pure Water, 3005 Silver Creek Rd., #178, San Jose
• December 13 (4:00pm-7:00pm) Candy Paradise, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa
• December 13 (4:00pm-7:00pm) Cork N’ Bottle, 3375 Port Chicago Highway, Concord
• December 19 (4:00pm-7:00pm) Al’s Market, 7062 Westminster Blvd., Westminster
• December 20 (10:30am-12:30pm) Farmers Market Newstand, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles
• December 20 (4:00pm-7:00pm) Allan’s Market Wine & Lotto, 2521 N. Ventura Rd., Port Hueneme
These holiday events are all part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for California public schools. This past fiscal year, the sale of Lottery products generated $1.28 billion for students – the 13th consecutive year more than a billion dollars was distributed to public schools throughout the state. Although a modest amount once divided between 1,600 public school districts, teachers and administrators count on their funds to continue critical learning programs, purchase equipment and even pay teacher salaries.
The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.