No one hit Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot which now raises the stakes to an impressive $145 million for Friday night’s drawing. While many players have visions of the “huge” prize dancing in their heads, Lottery officials are quick to remind them that the Mega Millions game produces lots of other winners.
In fact, the game has been very generous to Marylanders in 2009. The second and third tier prizes being awarded each week are approaching record-breaking levels. In just the first week of October two Marylanders won Mega Millions’ $250,000 second-tier prizes bringing the total since January to 29. Since January, 166 Marylanders have won third-tier $10,000 prizes.
“Whenever the jackpot climbs to more than $100 million, interest also peaks. But, I am always eager to let players know about the other substantial prizes that they can win playing Mega Millions,” said Lottery Director Buddy Roogow. He also encouraged players to be certain to check their tickets and reminds them that there are currently two $250,000 Mega Millions’ prizes remaining unclaimed. These include:
6/23/09 sold at Royal Farms in Elkton
10/2/09 Piney Creek Mart in Chester
The multi-state game is played in 11 other states, including Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Texas and California. Mega Millions drawings can be seen on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11:22 p.m. on WBAL-TV, Channel 11.