Mega Millions frenzy is on!

October 16, 2009 5:47:09 AM PDT
The big Mega Millions jackpot is expected to spur big ticket sales today. A lot of last minute millionaire hopefuls are expected to flock to stores in today in hopes of cashing in on tonight's $200 million jackpot.

There were no tickets sold with all six numbers from Tuesday night's 12-state lottery draw.

Ten tickets -- one each sold in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Virginia and two in New Jersey -- had five numbers, but didn't have the Mega number, California Lottery officials announced.

The one sold in California is worth $338,311, while the other nine are each worth $250,000. California law requires major payoffs of lottery games to be paid on a pari-mutuel basis.

The numbers drawn Tuesday night were 17, 31, 34, 45, 51 and the Mega number was 24. The estimated jackpot was $170 million.

The drawing was the 12th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold. A ticket with all six numbers for the Sept. 1 draw was sold in Georgia and was worth $12 million.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number is 1 in 175,711,536, according to the Mega Millions Web site.

People with gambling problems or knowing individuals with gambling problems are advised to call the Problem Gambling Help Line, (800) Gambler.

You can watch tonight's Mega Millions lottery drawing on Channel 7 -- right before Eyewitness News at 11 p.m.


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