How much is the Mega Millions lottery jackpot worth now?

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Lottery jackpot hunters will have a big target this coming Tuesday night, when a $252 million jackpot is up from grabs in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game. It is the largest Mega Millions jackpot since Feb. 22, 2008, when the top prize swelled to $270 million. One ticket sold in Georgia won that prize. The huge pot came about after no tickets won last night's $207 million jackpot drawing. On Tuesday, players will attempt to match all five numbers plus the Mega Ball number to win the top prize. There were 24 second-prize winners from Friday night's drawing: 4 from California, 3 from Georgia, 2 from Michigan, 6 from New Jersey, 3 from New York, 2 from Ohio, 2 from Texas, and 2 from Virginia. Each second prize ticket matched all five lotto numbers but not the Mega Ball number to win $250,000, except for the four California winners, who will get $140,420 each. Unlike the other eleven Mega Millions states, California has pari-mutuel payouts at every prize level, so winners are ... more
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The Mega Millions lottery results for August 21, 2009, were special because the Mega Millions August 21 drawing was the first one in which it had the mega jackpot of the moment. Mega Millions had to stay in Powerball's shadow while their grand prize went over $250 million. But on August 21, Mega Millions officially had the biggest lottery jackpot, and it got even bigger when the lottery results had no big winner again. So after the August 21, 2009, drawing, it is Mega Millions that has the massive, $250 million jackpot of the moment now. The Mega Millions numbers for August 21 2009 were 9, 38, 44, 48, 49 with the Mega Ball at 13. No Mega Millions player hit all of those numbers, leaving the $207 million grand prize unclaimed. The Mega Millions numbers are now worth over $250 million after last night's lottery results. Powerball's recent big jackpot topped $250 million as well, before a winner finally emerged on Wednesday. But now, Powerball is starting from scratch while Mega ... more

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