Bobbi Mangan was happy to win $25,000, but then she realized that she had gotten even luckier — capturing a $500,000 jackpot.
One winning ticket was sold in Michigan for the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, making it the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
The Mega Millions jackpot -- drawing Friday night -- is no longer in the millions.
This Powerball jackpot began rolling Sept. 19. If won, it would be the 10th largest jackpot in the game’s history. The Powerball jackpot was one of two large jackpots available through the Illinois Lottery. Nobody hit Friday night’s $520 million Mega Millions jackpot, which means it’s growing to $600 million for Tuesday night’s drawing.
Here's when the drawing will be held. According to Illinois Lottery officials, this is only the fourth time Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots have simultaneously hit over $400 million.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Luck seems to run in one South Dakota family.
Actually, they're wrong every time. That is, it's an estimate and because the exact jackpot is determined by sales figures across 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands, there is no way to hit the exact figure. Usually no one notices, but when you scream that the prize is the biggest ever, then mumble that it's actually the second-biggest, people notice.
Yes, there's a big difference between the estimate and the actual prize, but in part that's because the prize is so huge. The estimate doesn't sound so wrong if you frame it as being off by about 4 percent. If the prize was estimated as a more common $100 million and the payout was $96 million, would anyone notice?
Richard McGowan, a Jesuit priest and gambling expert at Boston College, agreed that estimating big jackpots isn't an exact science, but he said officials are under increasing pressure to tout big prizes as the percentage of people playing lotteries has declined over the years. Many people won't even notice a jackpot unless they hear it's the largest ever, he said.
David Kramer, an attorney in Omaha, Nebraska, said he buys a lottery ticket when the jackpot soars for "the three days of daydreaming it gives me of what I'd do with the money if I won."
Although Mega Millions is sold in most states, 11 of them largely run the game and are in charge of determining the estimated jackpot, according to Gordon Medenica, director of the Maryland lottery, one of the key 11 states. When jackpots grow especially large , lottery officials from those states compare notes daily about sales figures and combine that information with historical data to make an initial estimate and then decide whether it needs updating.
The earlier Mega Millions estimate of $1.6 billion would have been a world record for lotteries, but actual sales came in below the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot prize shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January of 2016.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Mega Millions lottery may see a streak of jackpot rollovers end as it heads toward a record $1.6 billion drawing on Tuesday.
No one won the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot is expected to climb to a staggering $1.6 billion for the next drawing on Tuesday.
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. lottery history gets even bigger.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the estimated jackpot climbs to $868 …
Here is a look at the 10 largest U.S. jackpots that have been won and the states where the winning tickets were sold:
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No winning lottery ticket was sold for the Mega Millions drawing Friday night, meaning the jackpot climbs to $654 million.
A gas station on J. David Jones Parkway in Springfield sold a $1 million winning Powerball ticket for Wednesday's drawing.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The California Lottery says one lucky person won the Mega Millions lottery.