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May 7, 2013

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May, 2013 | Media Advisories and Events

MEGA Millions® Jackpot Hits $139 Million for Tonight’s Draw


POWERBALL® Soars to $222 Million for Tomorrow Night

SACRAMENTO – We’ve asked you to “Believe in Something Bigger” and now we’d like to know … how does $139 million sound to you? That’s the amount up for grabs in tonight’s MEGA Millions draw. On Friday night, no one matched all six numbers once again, so the jackpot just keeps on rising.

The estimated cash option for tonight’s draw is $104.8 million. The California retailer who sells the jackpot-winning ticket will receive a bonus of $695,000. For reference, the largest MEGA Millions jackpot ever won was $656 million on March 30, 2012, with a cash option of $474 million.

To access video of Lottery players buying MEGA Millions tickets in anticipation of winning the large jackpot, please click on the following links to use this free video:

MEGA Millions is a multistate game, played in California and 43 other jurisdictions (41 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). 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.

And don’t forget – tomorrow night’s POWERBALL® jackpot has grown to a whopping $222 million! The cash value of the jackpot is an estimated $144.5 million.

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 they know someone who may have a problem, please call our Problem Gambling Help Line at 1-800-GAMBLER.

The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their ticket, keep tickets in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes. Jackpot winners have a full year to claim their prize.

And remember, checking the daily draw results is easier than ever. All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for FREE by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 1, or via our website at

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.

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