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March 14, 2014

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March, 2014 | Media Advisories and Events

Forget the Pot of Gold, Tonight’s Mega Millions® Jackpot is $353 Million


SACRAMENTO – With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, many will be searching for their pot of gold at the end of a rainbow…but they may be looking in the wrong place. Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $353 million, the 5th largest jackpot of all time! If a lucky California Lottery player comes through and matches all six numbers, they’ll have the option of taking an estimated $194 million lump sum amount. And, the retail location that sells the winning ticket will receive a maximum bonus of $1,000,000.

Mega Millions is played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m. PST. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s Mega Millions site for more information on how to play. 

As jackpots rise, the California Lottery would like to remind players that gambling should be fun. Borrowing money to play, spending above a person’s budget or using money intended for other purposes can ultimately lead to significant problems for players and their families. If a player recognizes that they have a gambling problem or if someone knows of someone who may have a problem, the Lottery recommends calling the Problem Gambling Help Line at 1-800-GAMBLER.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 95 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.

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