Mega Millions Jackpot Grows to $265 Million - Thursday 20th of April 2006

UNITED STATES – $265 million and it's stillgrowing! The Mega Millions game is certainly living up to its name. Infact, there were more than 1.5 million winning tickets in the Friday, April14, 2006 Mega Millions drawing. But none of those tickets matched all sixnumbers to win the jackpot. So the jackpot for the Tuesday, April 18drawing rolls to an estimated $265 million.

That estimated $265 million jackpot is now the largest in the world. Ifthere is one winning ticket in Tuesday's drawing, the winner will be ableto choose between annual payments of approximately $10.1 million for 26years, or a cash option of approximately $148.9 million.

The winning numbers in Friday's drawing were: 08-10-18-29-33 and theMega Ball number was 10.

A total of 20 tickets came very, very close to winning that jackpot.They matched the first five numbers and only missed the Mega Ball number.Those tickets were purchased in California (3), Georgia (4), Michigan (3),New Jersey (3), New York (2), Ohio (2) and Virginia (3).

This jackpot has been growing since February 28, when Mega Millions hadits most recent jackpot winner. The jackpot has now rolled 13 times withouta winner. The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 176million. The odds of winning any of the Mega Millions prizes areapproximately 1 in 40.

Mega Millions' largest jackpot ever was on May 9, 2000, when thejackpot for the Big Game (the forerunner of Mega Millions) grew to $363million. There were two winning tickets in that drawing: one in Michiganand one in Illinois.Mega Millions is played in 12 states: California, Georgia, Illinois,Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas,Virginia and Washington.

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