America Celebrates Lottery World Record
America is celebrating a new lottery world record after the Mega Millions game delivered the biggest jackpot in history on Friday 30 March. The jackpot had an advertised value (which assumes a single winner taking the prize in the form of an annuity) of $640 million. As it happened, there were three winning tickets (purchased in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland) so the world record jackpot will be shared between them. The winning numbers in the record-breaking game last Friday were 02, 04, 23, 38 and 46, and the all-important Mega Ball number was 23.
Whilst lottery players in the UK might look at a jackpot of $640 million and turn green with envy, there are several points that we should consider to remind us of just how good we have things over here. First, the odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are incredibly slim, with a single ticket having a miniscule 1 in 175,711,536 chance of landing it. Compare that to the 1 in 116,531,800 chance we have of winning a EuroMillions jackpot, or the 1 in 13,983,816 chance that we have of winning a Lotto jackpot and we see the huge Mega Millions payout in a slightly different light.
Next, consider the fact that anyone who wins a lottery jackpot in the UK has an option when it comes to going public, and that a British lottery winner can always choose to remain anonymous. The same can’t be said in the USA, where the rules pertaining to publicity differ from state to state. Two of the three Mega Millions jackpot winners will be able to remain anonymous if they choose to do so, but the winner from Illinois will have no such option and will need to go public to comply with State regulations. If you’re the kind of player who values your privacy then the automatic right to remain anonymous here in the UK is definitely one to be grateful for.
We congratulate the three Mega Millions jackpot winners, and we also have a UK Lotto winner to congratulate. One ticket won the jackpot of £4,449,039 on Saturday 31 March with the numbers 02, 05, 18, 40, 47 and 49. The Bonus Ball was number 19 and 11 tickets matched that plus five main numbers to win £124,448 each. The EuroMillions jackpot rolled over on Friday 30 March because no player matched all five main numbers (04, 17, 23, 36 and 46) as well as the two Lucky Star numbers (06 and 10). Of course, one UK player won £1 million by matching the Millionaire Raffle number, which was NJQ999617.
All of that means we have a EuroMillions rollover jackpot of around £17 million to play for this Tuesday 3 April, as well as a new Lotto jackpot of around £2.2 million on Wednesday. Buy your lottery tickets online today and good luck!
Written by Tony SharpeMonday 2nd April 2012
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