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April 29, 2010

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April, 2010 | Lottery Performance

MEGA Millions® Jackpot Rolls Again, Soars to $224 Million


SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery is excited to announce that, because no one matched all six numbers in Tuesday night’s MEGA Millions draw, the jackpot for tomorrow night has grown to an incredible $224 million.

And while no one was able to match all six numbers on Tuesday, four lucky California players were able to match five of six numbers, missing only the Mega number. Those tickets, which are worth $167,371, were sold in Temecula, Chula Vista, Claremont, and Gardena.

MEGA Millions is a multi-state game, played in California and 38 other states. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 56 plus a Mega number from 1 to 46. 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. 

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 California Lottery recommends calling the Problem Gambling Help Line at 1-800-GAMBLER.

The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 95 cents of every Lottery dollar is returned to the community in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retail commissions. The California Lottery contributes at least 34 cents of every dollar that players spend on Lottery products to public education and returns more than 50 percent of sales to players in the form of prizes. Since the Lottery’s inception in 1985, Lottery players have contributed more than $22 billion to California schools out of total sales of nearly $59 billion. Retailers benefit too, earning $3.8 billion in compensation since 1985.

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