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March 30, 2018

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March, 2018

MEDIA ALERT: Mega Millions® Jackpot Increases to Estimated $521 Million for Tonight’s Draw!


SACRAMENTO –  We have some amazing news to share! Due to higher than expected Mega Millions sales, the jackpot for tonight’s Mega Millions draw has been revised from an estimated $502 million to an estimated $521 million

The estimated $521 million for Mega Millions is the 4th-largest jackpot prize amount in this game’s history and is the 10th-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history. The cash option has also been revised to a lump-sum amount of an estimated $317.2 million

If nobody wins the Mega Millions jackpot tonight, it will roll to at least an estimated $612 million for Tuesday’s draw! The lump-sum amount would be at least an estimated $369.5 million.

And the good news continues. Since nobody won the Powerball® jackpot on Wednesday, the jackpot rolled to an estimated $50 million for tomorrow night’s draw. And since nobody won California’s very own big jackpot game on Wednesday (SuperLotto Plus®), the jackpot rolled to a guaranteed $22 million for tomorrow night’s draw. 

This means there is almost $600 million in jackpot money up for grabs this Easter weekend! Keep in mind, all three draw game jackpot amounts are before federal taxes. 

If a California Lottery retailer is lucky enough to sell any of these winning jackpot tickets, the business will receive one-half of one percent of the jackpot total up to a maximum bonus of $1 million. (The retailer bonus is not subtracted from the winner’s jackpot prize.) 

Winners are strongly encouraged to sign the back of their tickets in ink, keep them in a safe place where they’ll remember and familiarize themselves with the Lottery’s Winner’s Handbook, which can be found on the California Lottery’s website here. Also, very important: Powerball and Mega Millions winners must produce original winning tickets when they claim their prizes.

As jackpots rise, the California Lottery would like to remind players that gambling should be fun. If a player recognizes that they or someone they know has a problem, the Lottery recommends calling the Problem Gambling Help Line at 1-800-GAMBLER. Please play responsibly. 

Remember—it’s illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or play California Lottery games, purchase them for an adult or claim a prize. No exceptions! 

The California Lottery is a $6 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars from the State’s General Fund. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2016-17, the Lottery created 83 new millionaires. Ninety-five 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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