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Mega Millions Raising The Possibility That The Prize Could Pass $1 Billion

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By Ann Tyller | December 16, 2013 7:56 pm

Mega Millions Raising The Possibility That The Prize Could Pass $1 Billion

Mega Millions Raising The Possibility That The Prize Could Pass $1 Billion

Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing will be for a $586 million. The first drawing for this jackpot took place Oct. 4 for $12 million. Twenty one straight drawings didn’t to produce a jackpot winner. And this is the longest period of time since a Mega Millions ticket has been drawn. Mega Millions lottery game has been around since 1996. Originally it was called the Big Game with six states participating. The name changed to Mega Millions in 2002, and today 43 states, plus the District of Columbia and Virgin Islands, participate in the jackpot.

“I think it’s ridiculous but you have to dream big,” said Drew Gentsch the attorney from Des Moines who never played Mega Millions. “The odds of winning are so low, there’s no real reason to play. But it’s fun to do so once in a while.”

“What fun,” said Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and lead director for Mega Millions, to have this kind of money for Holliday shopping.

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