Mega Millions Jackpot Breaks $300 Million For 2nd Time In 2011

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TRENTON – For the second time this year, the Mega Millions jackpot has reached an estimated annuity jackpot of $304 million for tonight’s drawing.

“Don’t wait. Buy your tickets early,” advised New Jersey Executive Director Carole Hedinger, “This $304 million jackpot is the sixth largest that we’ve ever seen for Mega Millions.”

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Though no one won the top prize in the Tuesday, March 22, drawing, nine New Jersey retailers sold third prize-winning tickets worth $10,000 each. In addition, 170,666 other New Jersey players took home $782,549 in prizes ranging from $2 to $150, according to Hedinger.

The winning numbers for the Friday, March 4 drawing were: 01, 14, 35, 59, and 53 and the Gold Mega Ball number was 43. The Megaplier number was 04.

Hedinger also commented on the impact this giant jackpot, “With over $41 million in sales in New Jersey alone, we’ve been able to generate an estimated $17.3 million to benefit education and institutions. Likewise, our retailers—everything from small ‘Mom & Pop’ businesses to large corporate chain stores—have shared in over $2 million in commissions since this roll began on Feb. 1.”

Tonight’s drawing will be held at 11 p.m. and televised on NJN.


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