Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Idaho & Washington Players Can Now Retire

And the rest of us have to keep working and trying again.

In this second largest Mega Millions Jackpot drawing of $355 million, there were two winning tickets that matched all 5 numbers plus the Megaball. Each ticket will equally share 50% of the prize, approximately $177.5M. This was the first time a player from Idaho won a Mega Millions jackpot since joining the game in January 2010. For Washington, this is the 3rd winning ticket sold since joining in September 2002, and the first since 2006.

Additionally, there were 67 winners of the second place prize, matching all 5 of the white balls. Those players won the minimum of $250,000 or the maximum of $1,000,000, depending on whether they bought the Megaplier as well.

The winning Mega Millions numbers for Tuesday Jan 04, 2011 were:

04 08 15 25 47 Megaball 42 - Megaplier 4

In this drawing, Lottery Power Picks recommended 1,682 combinations. Of these, we had 46 winners: (23) mb, (11) mb+1w, (2) mb+2w, and (10) 3w, returning $169 back to our players. Our 5 number pool had 1,992,060 combinations. The first other winning combos were located at:
  • 3-w @ # 290 - LPP Winner
  • 3-w + Megaball @ # 9,655
  • 4-w @ # 2,781
  • 5-w @ # 14,646
There were two MM jackpot winners, one from Idaho and one from Washington. The jackpot now resets to $12 million with a cash option of $7.5M and a yield of 4.23%
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