Mega Millions Soars Higher

The Mega Millions lottery game doesn't have the highest starting jackpot around – it resets at $15 million after each win – but when it goes through an extended sequence of rollovers the jackpot climbs fast. Every rollover adds at least $5 million to the kitty, and often more, so after a few weeks without a winner the top prize can reach jaw-dropping heights. Anyone who doubts this need only look at the advertised jackpot for the next game this Tuesday, which stands at a colossal $309 million.

Lottery fans who follow the Mega Millions game closely will know that it has delivered just one jackpot this year, and that was way back on Friday 3 January. Every draw since then has resulted in the jackpot rolling over, and although the increases in jackpot value from draw to draw were relatively modest at the start of this sequence, they have grown exponentially bigger as more and more casual players have elected to get involved in the game.

The odds of anyone matching all six of the numbers that will be drawn in the $309 million jackpot game this Tuesday are exactly the same as they would be in a game offering a 'standard' jackpot of $15 million, so lottery players are keen to make the most of the opportunities that this extended sequence of rollovers is providing. Whilst some players will be attempting to defy the odds by taking so-called hot or cold numbers into consideration when making their selections, most will be adopting the much more rational approach of buying more tickets to increase their chances.

However they choose their numbers, and regardless of how many entries they intend to buy, all players are being advised to buy their tickets as soon as possible for the draw taking place on Tuesday. Offline retail outlets such as convenience stores, supermarkets and garages have experienced very heavy lottery traffic in recent weeks, and that situation will only get worse as the jackpot continues to climb. The good news is that Mega Millions tickets can be purchased online in a fraction of the time that it takes to buy them offline, so anyone who is interested in finding out more about that – or about the game itself – would do well to visit the Mega Millions Lottery page at

Don't forget that the EuroMillions game will also be offering a huge amount of cash to players across Europe this Tuesday. The jackpot is expected to be worth around £92 million (€112 million), so if you are interested in winning that figure be sure to check back tomorrow for our preview of the game.

Written by Lottie McDonald

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Article Last Modified: Thursday, 17 September 2015 11:18:18+00:00
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