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$330 Million Mega Millions® Jackpot, Third Highest in Game’s History
1/3/2011 4:51:13 PM

Columbia, SC (January 3, 2011): The Mega Millions® jackpot has skyrocketed to historical levels. The $330 million jackpot ties the third highest Mega Millions® jackpot ever, behind the $390 million jackpot in March 2007 and the $336 million jackpot in August 2009.

“There is a perception that Powerball® is the big jackpot game, this Mega Millions® run is changing that belief,” stated Paula Harper Bethea, South Carolina Education Lottery Executive Director.

A year ago this month, South Carolina began offering Mega Millions®. While South Carolina has yet to produce a Mega Millions® jackpot winner, the game is certainly gaining momentum with the recent jackpot run. To participate in this exciting event, players can purchase a $1 Mega Millions® ticket before Tuesday’s drawing. To find out if you are the winner, watch the Mega Millions® drawing live 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.

If you are the lucky player who matches all five white ball numbers along with the Megaball®, you have two options when claiming the jackpot. You may select the annuity option and receive payments each year for 26 years or select the cash option and receive a single payment worth approximately $208.3 million.

The South Carolina Education Lottery encourages responsible play always. Play smart. The odds are: 1 in 175 million to win the jackpot. For additional information on playing responsibly, visit the Lottery’s website www.PlayResponsiblySC.com or call the S.C. Gambling Helpline at 1-877-452-5155.

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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