February 26, 2014
Mega Millions New Jackpot $216 Million: Do You Have A Ticket Yet?

Not all the numbers were matched up in the Mega Millions draw on Tuesday, so the jackpot has now reached $216 million!

That translates to a take-home cash option of $119 million.

This means that it will most likely grow even more by the time of the next draw on Friday as anticipation builds.

Mega Millions is now played in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of winning Mega Millions are about 1 in 259 million, according to those running the lottery.

You can watch the Mega Millions drawing Tuesdays and Fridays on Channel 7, right before Eyewitness News at 11.00.

The numbers drawn last Friday night were: 23, 29, 32, 45 and 46, with a Mega Ball of 15.

But only two tickets matched the first five numbers. Those lucky winners did get $1 million each - but most of the pot remained.

One was sold in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, at the 7-Eleven at 1335 Sandy Hill Rd,, in Norristown. The other was sold at the Beulah BP Mart at 4224 Beulah Road in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Jackpots began growing larger after Mega Millions made each ticket less likely to win in late October. The odds of winning with a single ticket are now about 50 percent worse than the previous 1 in 175 million.

That is the reason that last December saw the first jackpot under the new rules soar to $648 million on an annuity basis - the second biggest in U.S. history.

You can watch the Mega Millions drawing Tuesdays and Fridays on Channel 7, right before Eyewitness News at 11.

Although it's Mega Millions creating all the buzz, Powerball still has its followers - and last Saturday it rolled over because no one matched the numbers of: 2, 3, 13, 14 and 54, with a Powerball of 4.

That makes the annuity jackpot $50 million, with the cash equivalent of $28.2 million.

The only ticket to win $1 million was sold at Allerton Liquor, 691 Allerton Ave. in the Bronx.