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Mega Millions Jackpot grows to estimated $415 million
7/1/2016 2:42:05 PM

Columbia, S.C. – July 1, 2016 – Mega Millions is ready to celebrate America’s birthday with fireworks, starting this holiday weekend with its third-largest jackpot ever at an estimated $415 million. No ticket matched all six numbers during the Tuesday, June 28, drawing and as a result, this jackpot has grown to become the tenth largest U.S. jackpot of all time.

The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are slightly higher than those of Powerball. Mega Millions players have a 1 in 259 million chance of matching all six numbers to claim the top prize while Powerball players have a 1 in 292 million chance.

The history of the game shows that 4th of July weekend is a lucky time for Mega Millions players. Since Mega Millions began in 2002, there have been four jackpots won around America’s birthday.
• July 2, 2004 - $294 million won in Massachusetts
• July 1, 2011 - $107 million won in Virginia
• July 3, 2012 - $85 million won in New York
• July 5, 2013 - $79 million won in Michigan

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since the jackpot was last won on March 8 by a ticket in Washington. Since then, there have been 46 Match 5 winning tickets worth $1 million or more and a total of 56.2 million winning tickets at all prize levels. Mega Millions' largest jackpot in history was a $656 million prize awarded in March 2012, which was won by three tickets purchased in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland. Earlier this year, Powerball made history when its jackpot reached a record high of $1.59 billion in January.

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About Mega Millions
Mega Millions drawings take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11 p.m. Eastern Time, 10 p.m. Central Time, 8 p.m. Pacific Time. Tickets cost $1. Jackpots start at $15 million and grow until they are won. Other prizes range from $1 to $1 million (and up to $5 million with the optional Megaplier). The game is currently played in 46 jurisdictions including 44 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, visit www.megamillions.com.

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