Just in time for Christmas, tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is an astounding $162 million with a cash option of $100.3 million. How could $162 million brighten your holiday? You could purchase 4,628,571 boxes of candy canes or you could order 15,069,767 fruit cakes to send to your favorite relatives. Don’t forget about the kids at home – – imagine how they would feel with 1,636,363 new Nintendo video games.
If the $162 million jackpot is hit in Maryland alone, it will be the second largest jackpot ever won in Maryland Lottery history. The current record holder, Bernadette Gietka from Baltimore County, won a $183 million Mega Millions jackpot in June 2003. Just a couple of years ago, Bunky Bartlett was one of four people nationwide to split the $330 million Mega Millions jackpot, taking home a prize of $82.5 million.
The Mega Millions drawing is held in Atlanta, Georgia and can be seen locally on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11:22 pm on WBAL-TV, Channel 11. The multi-state Mega Millions game is played in 12 states — Maryland, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Texas and California.