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Apr 17

Mega Millions Changes Planned for October 2017

A number of Mega Millions changes will take place in time for the draw on October 31st 2017, with the aim of increasing the jackpots offered by the multistate game. Not only will top prizes roll higher than previously, but the good causes aided by individual state lotteries should also see an upturn in funding after the adjustments come into force.

Following the drawing on Friday 27th October, players will be able to choose from 70 main numbers, down from the current 75, and 25 Mega Balls, up from 15. These changes to Mega Millions will lengthen the odds of winning the jackpot, from 1 in 258.9 million to 1 in 302.6 million, but will increase ticket holders’ chances of winning the second tier award of at least $1 million.

Most other prizes will increase, with the third tier award, for those who match four main numbers and the Mega Ball, being boosted from $5,000 to $10,000. Players who match three main numbers and the Mega Ball will receive $200, rather than $50 as is the case at the moment.

The frequency with which the various Megapliers are drawn will also change from October, although no details have been released on the new odds just yet.

After the Mega Millions changes, the price of a line will increase from $1 to $2, bringing it in line with other major multistate games, such as Powerball. However, individual states will be able to choose whether to offer a new feature called Just the Jackpot, in which participants pay $3 for two lines, but only win a prize if they match all five main numbers and the Mega Ball. They will not be eligible for any non-jackpot prizes.

Mega Millions is played on Tuesday and Friday nights, with winning numbers appearing on this site soon after the drawings take place.

by Mike Redfern
Updated April 26th, 2017

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Dec 13

Two California Jackpot Winners Yet To Claim Prizes

Monday December 23 2013 – After an incredible week for California lottery players, two jackpots totalling $374 million remain unclaimed after two ticket holders in the state netted half of the $648 million Mega Millions jackpot and the $50 million Super Lotto Plus jackpot.

As previously reported, the Californian $648 million Mega Millions winner from Tuesday December 17 shared the jackpot with another player from Georgia, who has already claimed her half of the prize. Ira Curry, a 56 year old insurance underwriter from Stone Mountain, bought her winning ticket from the Gateway Newsstand in Atlanta and has already opted to take the cash lump sum of $173 million (before taxes).

California Lottery officials quickly confirmed that the winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased from Jennifer’s Gift Shop, located on 1818 Tully Road #154B, San Jose. The owner of the store, Vietnam born Thuy Nguyen, will receive a $1 million retailer bonus for selling the winning ticket and is confident that he will know the lucky winner, as “all his customers are friends too”. At the moment however, all he and the rest of the state can do is speculate until the ticket holder is ready to come forward.

Store owner Thuy Nguyen, who received $1 million by selling one of the winning $648 million tickets (image from NBCLA’s Twitter)

Luck stayed with players in the state the next day, when the California Super Lotto Plus was drawn with a jackpot worth $50 million. The jackpot, which has been rolling over since it was last won at the end of August, was the largest it had been all year and was finally won by a single winning ticket. This ticket was purchased at Finish Line Food Store located on 5084 Katella Avenue in Los Alamitos, Orange Country. This store will receive up to $250,000 for selling the winning ticket.

The store which sold the $50 million Super Lotto Plus winning ticket. (Image from CA Lottery’s Twitter)

State lottery officials are advising both jackpot winners to sign the back of their ticket in ink, put it in a safe place and contact their nearest lottery office as soon as possible. However, despite almost a week going by since the first jackpot win last week, they are not unduly worried about the winner’s silence yet.

“It’s fairly common in cases like this that they’ve hired financial representation and an attorney so they can come forward with a plan of action,” Alex Traverso, spokesperson for the CA Lottery, explained to CBS Local.

However, if months go by without either winner coming forward, Traverso said they do have some tricks up their sleeve. In California, lottery officials can identify the exact date and time the winning tickets were purchased, which then allows them to access surveillance tapes for an image of the player.

This same tactic was used successfully back in November 2012 to track down the owner of a five month old Super Lotto Plus ticket worth $23 million and most recently, but less successfully, in November to sniff out the winner of a $465,539 Powerball prize.

In the meantime, all our California readers are once more reminded to check their Mega Millions and Super Lotto Plus tickets from last week. Those winning numbers were:

Mega Millions – 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and Mega Ball 7
Super Lotto Plus – 14, 16, 17, 24, 33 and Mega Ball 2

by Mike Redfern
Updated July 4th, 2018

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Sep 13

Mega Millions Players Dream of Jackpots

Friday September 13 2013Lottery fever is spreading across the US today as both Mega Millions and Powerball have epic jackpots to play for this weekend. The Mega Millions jackpot is worth an estimated $119 million, their second biggest jackpot so far this year, while the Powerball jackpot has topped $300 million mark for the third time this year and is worth an estimated $317 million for Saturday’s draw.

All this talk of big jackpots has the team at LotteryWorld.com dreaming about what we would do if we won the lotto. Just a few days ago, Match 5 Mega Millions winner Reggie Brown got us thinking about a new ride, as he showed off his brand new hard top convertible BMW. Reggie won $250,000 from a ticket bought at the Obama Gas Station, North Main Street in Columbia on Friday, September 6 and headed straight to the dealership to trade in his old jalopy.

Although we do like a BMW here at LotteryWorld, we decided our dream car would be a Saleen S7 which has a top speed of 260 mph and a price tag of $550,000.

Reggie also told reporters he planned to open his own restaurant business, but we think we’d opt for something a little more glamorous and incorporate a business venture with a new home by purchasing the private island of Cave Cay. Cave Cay, situated in the Bahamas, has a price tag of $110 million and boasts its own airstrip, marina, private beach and comes complete with planning permission for 38 buildings, including a clubhouse and hotel. We, of course, would live in the luxurious main house built on top of the island which has a 360 degree view.

The Bahamian island of Cave Cay on the market for $110 million

The Bahamian island of Cave Cay on the market for $110 million

While simply dreaming about spending the money is all we can do for now, the fact remains that if a player correctly matches all five numbers and the Mega Ball tomorrow, their dreams will become a reality! To be in with a chance of being that person, simply make sure you have bought your Mega Millions ticket in plenty of time for tomorrow’s draw and choose those numbers carefully!

You can find out how to buy Mega Millions tickets online by visiting Lottery.net, where you will also be able to find the winning numbers shortly after they are drawn. Good luck!

by Sadie Walton
Updated June 8th, 2018