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December 17, 2013

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December, 2013 | Media Advisories and Events



Now the Second Largest Jackpot in U.S. History and Closing in on the Largest Prize Ever

SACRAMENTO – An avalanche of Mega Millions ticket sales in California and throughout the nation helped catapult tonight’s enormous jackpot by $50 million just overnight to a near U.S. lottery record $636 million! The estimated lump sum amount is now $341.2 million.

This is now the second largest jackpot ever in North America. It remains the second largest Mega Millions jackpot of all time. [The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever is a U.S. lottery-record $656 million. On March 30, 2012, three winning tickets from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland split the prize.]

• The current $636 million estimated jackpot has rolled over 21 times since the last Mega Millions win 11 weeks ago on October 1, 2013.
• It’s estimated about 70 percent of the 259 million possible number combinations will be sold for tonight’s draw.
• The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 259 million.

We are quickly racing toward unchartered territory. If nobody wins tonight, it’s completely plausible that we could be looking at the once-unthinkable $1 billion jackpot level!

Mega Millions is played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Tickets are sold at approximately 21,000 California retail locations for $1 each and can be bought until 7:45 p.m. tonight. The drawing will be held at 8 p.m.

We know there is enormous interest in this game. Therefore, we are providing satellite coordinate information for the live draw feed from the Mega Millions draw site in Atlanta. For technical issues only, please contact Encompass (the uplink provider) at 678-421-6604.

Satellite Coordinate Information

AUDIO: 6.2/6.8

For media seeking additional information, California Lottery Spokespeople are available to assist you from Sacramento. Our number here in Corporate Communications is 916-822-8131.

Along with creating more winners, the Lottery is on a mission to earn more money for California public schools. This past fiscal year, the sale of Lottery products generated $1.28 billion for education – the 13th consecutive year more than a billion dollars was distributed to public schools throughout the state. Although this becomes 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 help pay some 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.

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