Weekend of Huge Jackpots is here as MEGA Millions® and POWERBALL® Continue to Climb
California Sets Single Day Record for POWERBALL Sales with More Than $3.6 Million on Wednesday
SACRAMENTO – The weekend is here, and along with it are two Lottery jackpots worth a combined total of $424 million! That’s right! Since no one matched all six numbers in Tuesday night’s MEGA Millions draw or in Wednesday night’s POWERBALL draw, that means both jackpots continue to grow … and grow. It’s time to start dreaming of what you’d do with a fortune as the MEGA Millions jackpot checks in at $154 million for tonight’s draw, and the POWERBALL jackpot is now worth more than a quarter of a BILLION dollars!
First things first – the estimated cash option for tonight’s MEGA Millions draw is $115.2 million. The California retailer who sells the jackpot-winning ticket will receive a bonus of $770,000. For reference, the largest MEGA Millions jackpot ever won was $656 million on March 30, 2012, with a cash option of $474 million.
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.
Not to be outdone, tomorrow night’s POWERBALL jackpot is an astounding $270 million! And we’re still waiting for our very first California winner of the POWERBALL jackpot. No one matched all six numbers on Wednesday night, so the jackpot just keeps on climbing. The estimated cash value of tomorrow night’s POWERBALL jackpot is $175.8 million. The California retailer who sells the jackpot-winning ticket will receive the maximum bonus of $1 million.
Sales of POWERBALL tickets in California continue to be off the charts! On Wednesday alone, in anticipation of that night’s $222 million POWERBALL draw, Californians snapped up $3.65 million in tickets – a single-day record which very well may be broken today.
POWERBALL is also a multistate game, played in California and 44 other jurisdictions (42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Players pick five numbers from 1 to 59 plus a Powerball number from 1 to 35. Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Ticket sales are suspended from 7:00 PM to 7:05 PM the day of the draw. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s POWERBALL 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 they know someone who may have a problem, the Lottery recommends calling the 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 www.calottery.com.
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.