The US Mega Millions Lottery became an all new lottery draw on 22nd October, with the lottery directors promising that the Mega Millions will become “even more mega”! The changes came into place in order to increase interest and players in the American lottery, and they included increasing the starting jackpots, growing the jackpots quicker when it came to rollovers, bigger runner up prizes and better odds! What could sound better than that? Not much, I don’t think!
The Mega Millions lottery is already paying out some of the biggest jackpots in worldwide lottery history, with its largest ever jackpot prize of $656 million won in March 2012. However, the Mega Millions’ rival lottery, the US Powerball lottery, has, of late, been paying out bigger jackpot prizes than the Mega Millions, with recent jackpots of $400 million and $448 million showing up Mega Million’s latest jackpot prize of $189,000,000 in September 2013.
Since then however, the Mega Millions jackpot has been rolling over and hasn’t yet found a winner. The Black Friday prize fund stood at $230 million, however not one single lottery player was able to match all of the numbers 9, 41, 43, 47, 57 and 5. Therefore the jackpot prize fund for Tuesday December 3rd has rolled over yet again to a massive estimated $257 million. So, whoever the lucky winner is, they could choose to take the full amount home in annuity payments or, if they chose to take the big pay-out then they would walk about with an impressive $139 million. And after Mega Millions bosses insist that the new changes make it easier to win the jackpot, there is no harm in giving it a try! Besides, thanks to The Mega Million Consortium, the second prize will now stand at a cool $1 million for every draw.
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