Rolling, Rolling, Rolling…Mega Millions Jackpot Rolls

to $200 Million for Friday’s Drawing

The Mega Millions jackpot has rolled yet again, resulting in a lot of “what if” conversations among hopeful winners. Since nobody matched all six numbers for Tuesday’s drawing, tonight’s jackpot has an estimated annuity value of $200 million and a cash option of $127.2 million.

Although the big jackpot has eluded Marylanders in recent months, the State has had a number of second and third-tier Mega Millions winners. Since the beginning of January there have been 30 second-tier $250,000 prizes and 171 third-tier $10,000 prizes won.

Currently two $250,000 Mega Millions’ prizes have yet to be claimed:
6/23/09 sold at Royal Farms in Elkton
10/2/09 Piney Creek Mart in Chester

March 2007’s $390 million Mega Millions jackpot currently holds the record for the world’s largest. The biggest jackpot in Maryland, $183 million, was won in June 2003 by Bernadette Gietka, from Baltimore County.

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.

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