Mega Millions jackpot payoff reaches $355M

Mega Millions jackpot payoff reaches $355M (Image 1)
Mega Millions jackpot payoff reaches $355M (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thousands of people lined up in 41 states and in Washington, D.C. ahead of Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing worth $355 million and Nashville was no exception.

“I just bought $20 worth of Mega Millions tickets, the first I have ever bought,” said Tami Pearce as she left the Exxon Tigermart on Broadway and 12th Avenue downtown.

Even the CEO of a local copying company wanted in on the action.

“First time it has gone up that high, with all the excitement, I thought it might be my lucky day,” Darren Metz told News 2.

The $355 million prize is second largest in Mega Millions history.  The lottery's largest prize of $390 million in March 2007 was the richest in U.S. history.

The cash option for Tuesday's jackpot works out to be about $224 million.

The Mega Millions game is similar to Powerball.  Players try to win by matching five regular numbers plus the “Mega ball.”  Tickets cost $1.

Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday night. Besides the jackpot, prizes range from $2 to $250,000.

The Mega Millions game expanded last year under a cross-selling agreement with Powerball to become available in 41 states and Washington, D.C., including Tennessee.

In Tennessee, 61% of lottery revenue goes to prizes, 27% to education, 7% to retailers and nearly 5% to lottery operations.

The winning ticket was drawn at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25, 47, with 42 being the Mega Ball number. 


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