Mega Millions Jackpot Run:
$18.6 Million to Missouri Players, $13.5 Million Generated for Education
Mega Millions ventured into uncharted territory, growing a jackpot that started at $40 million in July into a $1.537 billion prize for last night’s drawing. After a player in South Carolina matched all six numbers drawn, the 26-draw streak is over, with Missouri Lottery players winning a total of $18,645,163 throughout the run.
In last night’s drawing alone, Missouri players won a combined $1.9 million, including a $1 million prize and five tickets worth $10,000 each. The $1 million winning ticket was sold at Fast 4 U, 96 and D Highway, in Oronogo.
“Missouri has had so much fun with this historic Mega Millions jackpot, and we got to add two new millionaires to our roster,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.
“Even though last night’s jackpot wasn’t won in Missouri, there are eight other prize tiers, so check your tickets carefully to see if you won one of the other prizes,” she added.
Reardon noted that Missouri education is also a big winner thanks to this jackpot.
“We sold an amazing $35.9 million in Mega Millions tickets during this run, which means that approximately $13.5 million from sales of this game alone will go to public education programs in Missouri.”
Missouri businesses also earned more than $2.1 million from selling Mega Millions tickets during this run.
The winning numbers from last night’s drawing were: 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball number was 5. Players have exactly 180 days from the drawing – until April 21, in this case – to claim their prizes.
The 5 tickets that won $10,000 for matching four white-ball numbers and the Mega Ball were sold at:
* Abel’s Quik Shop, 645 W. North Service Road, in Wright City
* Brad’s Kwik Store, 603 N. Sturgeon, in Montgomery City
* Fast Service, 1001 W. Truman Road, in Independence
* FastLane, 7430 Highway N, in O’Fallon
* M&J’s, 4901 SE Highway PP, in Holt
About the Missouri Lottery (MOLottery.com<http://www.molottery.com>)
In 1984, more than 70 percent of Missouri voters approved a lottery. Since sales started in 1986, the Missouri Lottery has generated more than $6 billion for the state and public education, and annual Lottery proceeds make up approximately 4 percent of the state’s funding for public education. Lottery players have won more than $14 billion in prizes, and retailers have earned more than $1.35 billion in commissions. Last fiscal year, the Lottery generated more than $300 million for vital education programs, including A+ scholarships. When you play the Missouri Lottery, you Play It Forward!