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New Year’s Eve Mega Millions® Jackpot Blasts to $242 Million
1/3/2011 9:39:28 AM

Columbia, SC (December 30, 2010) - Brisk Mega Millions® sales have boosted the jackpot to an explosive $242 million for a single annuity winner. The original estimated jackpot amount for Friday night’s drawing was $237 million. For a chance to bring 2011 in with a bang, purchase a $1 Mega Millions® ticket.

If you are the lucky player who matches all five white ball numbers along with the Mega Ball number, you have two options. A winner who selects the cash option will receive a single payment worth approximately $154 million. Alternatively, with the annuity option the winner will receive approximately $9.3 million a year for 26 years.

This jackpot has been growing since November 9, when Mega Millions had its most recent jackpot winner. The jackpot has now rolled 14 times without a winner. The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 176 million. The odds of winning any of the Mega Millions prizes are approximately 1 in 40.

Mega Millions® drawings are televised on the Lottery’s draw partner stations each Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. For additional information on how to play Mega Millions® visit the South Carolina Education Lottery’s website at www.sceducationlottery.com.

The South Carolina Education Lottery’s games are designed to be fun and entertaining. When playing the lottery becomes something other than fun, get assistance by calling the S.C. Gambling Helpline at 1-877-452-5155 or visit www.PlayResponsiblySC.com.

Approximately 97 cents of every dollar spent by players on the South Carolina Education Lottery is returned to the state in the form of funding for education, prizes, retailer commissions, and payment to contractors for goods and services.

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