Mega Millions mania sweeps Idaho; Jackpot raised again to $640,000,000
Last call for tonight's historic, world record setting Mega Millions jackpot is 7:55 p.m. Mountain Time.
This morning, the jackpot for the 26-payment annuity was raised another $100,000,000 million to $640,000,000 with a one-time lump sum cash option of $462,000,000.
"Mega Millions mania has been sweeping Idaho the past couple of days,” said Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson. "In the past two days, we’ve seen an increase in play eight times the normal rate of participation. When you do participate, please remember to do so responsibly. Tickets are only $1 each and it does only take one ticket to win.”
Retailers around Idaho have reported lines of customers waiting to get their tickets. In the past two days, Idaho has sold over $1.3 million in tickets. The Idaho Lottery is anticipating an increase in player participation as the end of sales for tonight’s jackpot draws closer.
“We encourage players who want to take part in this historic event and have their chance at winning the largest jackpot in the history of the world to buy their tickets early in the day and not wait until just before the close of sales,” added Anderson. “Players should sign their tickets at the time of purchase. All lottery tickets are bearer instruments, meaning we pay the person who signs the ticket and presents it for payment.”
The draw for the winning numbers occurs at 9 p.m. Mountain Time on Fox 9.
In addition to the top prize, Mega Millions also has eight other levels of prizes, ranging from $2 for matching the Mega Ball only, up to $1,000,000 for matching only the first five numbers and having the Megaplier.
“Good luck Idaho and thank you for playing!” said Anderson.