UPDATE: Mega Millions Jackpot Escalates to $312 Million (3/25) [VIDEO]Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
UPDATE: March 24 at 11:45 AM
Due to better than expected sales, the Mega Millions jackpot for Friday, March 25 has increased to $312 million.
The Mega Millions jackpot continues to climb. Since last night’s drawing produced no jackpot winner, the current estimated annuity value for Friday night’s drawing $304 million, with a cash option of $193.6 million.
Even though there was no top-tier winner, a lucky Maryland Lottery player holds a winning ticket. A $250,000 second-tier winning ticket was purchased at Friendship Liquors, located at 12800 Frederick Rd. in West Friendship. That winner matched all five white balls, only missing the Mega Ball. The winning numbers were 1, 14, 35, 50, 53 and Mega Ball 43. In addition, more than 50,000 other Maryland players won prizes ranging from $2 to $10,000 from last night’s drawing.
If the $304 million jackpot is hit in Maryland, it will be the largest one ever won in the state. The biggest jackpot win in Maryland was claimed by a Baltimore County woman who won $183 million in June 2003. Local players are urged to check past tickets, though, as another $250,000 second-tier winning ticket remains unclaimed. That ticket was purchased at BWI Airport for the February 8th drawing. Winners have 182 days from the drawing date to claim the prize.
Mega Millions isn’t the only large jackpot in town. Tonight’s Powerball drawing has an estimated annuity value of $101 million, with a cash option of $51.5 million.
Mega Millions drawings can be seen on Tuesday and Friday evenings and Powerball drawings on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, both at 11:22 pm on WBAL-TV, Channel 11.