Mass Lottery Mega Millions Infects East with Lottery Fever

Find out Mega Millions winning numbers Friday

Before 2007, Jack Whittaker was the biggest lottery winner of all time. He won in 2002. Photo url:

Before 2007, Jack Whittaker was the biggest lottery winner of all time. He won in 2002. Photo url:

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has gotten huge since the Mega Millions winning numbers announced yesterday haven’t resulted in a winner yet. If the Mega Millions lottery results Friday end up in a win, the lucky lottery ticket holder will win $325 million, the third biggest mega millions jackpot ever.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Last night, the Mega Millions jackpot rose by a whopping $73 million to its third largest prize ever: $325 million. The only bigger prizes left a lot of loot in Cape May County, N.J., in 2007.

The $325 million up for grabs on Friday is the total for 26 payouts over 25 years. Can’t wait? The cash windfall is $206.4 million (minus no small fortune in taxes).The numbers no one completely matched last night were 3, 12, 19, 22 and 40, with a Mega Ball of 2.

Smaller prizes from Mega Millions winning numbers

Though no one had the Mega Millions winning numbers, cash prizes were still handed out, as 24 lucky people won $250,000 a piece. The prizes went to people who had the first five Mega Millions winning numbers.

Even after taxes, the winners probably won’t have to worry about debt survival anymore.

Mass Lottery Mega Millions fever spreads

ABC News reports that tickets are selling even more than usual now as even non-gambling types are willing to spend $1 with the hopes of getting the Mega Millions winning numbers. From ABC:

The unusually high lottery prize has drawn in players in each of the 12 participating states as people dream of getting rich off their $1 investment.

“With jackpots of this size, you start to see people who don’t normally play a game like Mega Millions buying a ticket,” said Dominick DeMarco, a spokesman for the New Jersey Lottery. “They may notice it’s over 100 million, and they’ll say, ‘OK, I’ll take a shot at it.'”

Past Mega Millions lottery results

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the Mega Millions lottery results the times that the winner got an even bigger prize than this one.

In March 2007, the lottery, which is played in a dozen states, including Maryland, reached a record for any game: $390 million.

Elaine and Harold Messner of Woodbine, N.J., had one of the two winning tickets.

That August saw a $330 million prize won by four tickets, including one presented by John and Sandy Belawsky of Villas, N.J.

Playing Powerball

Lottery jackpots have been getting more attention than usual lately as they’re reaching very high numbers. The other major multi-state lottery in the U.S., Powerball, handed out a $260 million prize last week to a South Carolina man.

The largest Powerball prize ever was $365 million. That jackpot went to a group of workers at a Nebraska food plant . Stories like that, especially now with many people struggling financially, are what drive more and more people to buy lottery tickets in hopes of striking it rich.

Will Mega Millions lottery results be all good?

Of course, not everyone wants to win the lottery. That’s because of a widely known phenomenon, “the curse of the lottery.” Some people believe that money ruins people, and some are simply superstitious about lottery winnings. ABC News reports that there is some science behind this superstition, though.

Psychologist Steve Danish, a professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, has studied the impact instant wealth has on lottery winners.

“The dream you have about winning may be better than the actuality of winning,” he said. “There have been families that have just — just been torn apart by this process.”

Kenneth and Connie Parker were winners of a $25 million jackpot. Their 16-year marriage disintegrated just months after they became rich beyond their wildest dreams.

Jeffrey Dampier, a $20 million winner, was kidnapped and murdered by his own sister-in-law.

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