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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Mega Millions jackpot expected to reach $330 million

  • The Nebraska Lottery informed Mega Millions retailers earlier today that the jackpot for Tuesday’s drawing is expected to reach $330 million. “Due to high sales, officials in the states participating in the Mega Millions with Megaplier game have increased the estimated jackpot,” ...
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  • The Nebraska Lottery informed Mega Millions retailers earlier today that the jackpot for Tuesday’s drawing is expected to reach $330 million.
    “Due to high sales, officials in the states participating in the Mega Millions with Megaplier game have increased the estimated jackpot,” the lottery announced at 11:24 a.m.
    The estimated jackpot rose from $240 million on Dec. 31 to $290 million earlier this morning.
    Alice Barton, manager of Speedee Mart Shop E-Z, said the pace of lottery ticket sales typically increases when jackpots go above $100 million.
    “People say that’s when it’s worth it,” she said. “I don’t know how they judged between the millions, but that’s what they say.”
    The  first drawing for Mega Millions at Speedee Mart was held on March 23 of this year.
    Since the game is so new, Barton said, a common question today is how the game differs from Powerball, which has been played here since 1994.
    One difference is Powerball drawings are on Wednesday and Saturdays and Mega Millions drawings are on Tuesdays and Fridays.
    There are also 42 states participating in Mega Millions, which has a jackpot starting at $12 million and grows until it is won.
    There have been 15 consecutive Mega Millions drawings since Nov. 9 without a jackpot winner.
    On Friday, Nebraskans bought $129,000 worth of Mega Millions tickets, the most since the state started selling tickets in the multistate game March 23.
    Powerball is a separate game that involves 44 states and starts off at $20 million.
     

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