2nd April 2012 10:20 AM
No player matched all seven numbers required to win the top prize in the EuroMillions game on Friday 30 March, and so the jackpot has rolled over to the next game this Tuesday. Over in the USA, however, the Mega Millions lottery game set a new world record for the biggest ever jackpot after three tickets shared a top prize with an advertised value of $640 million.
Before the game took place, this Mega Millions jackpot had American lottery players buying tickets at the rate of 1,000,000 per hour, so saying that it captured the public imagination would be a gross understatement. Now that the jackpot has been won, the ticket-buying frenzy has ended, but we are sure to hear more about the record-breaking game in the future. All we know right now is that the three winning tickets were purchased in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland, and that the winning numbers were 02, 04, 23, 38 and 46, with the number 23 drawn as the Mega Ball.
The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are quite a bit trickier than the odds of winning a jackpot in the EuroMillions game (1 in 175.7 million versus 1 in 116.5 million) so it not really surprising that Mega Millions jackpots tend to roll over even more regularly than EuroMillions jackpots. That said, we too had a rollover last Friday and so there is a jackpot of around €21 million (around £17 million) for us to play for in the EuroMillions game this Tuesday 3 April.
The EuroMillions results last Friday were 04, 17, 23, 36 and 46, and the Lucky Star numbers were 06 and 10. Five tickets won a second-tier prize of €317,004 (£227,459) each after matching the five main numbers and one of the Lucky Stars, and another nine tickets matched the five main numbers only to win €58,704 (£42,122) each. The total number of EuroMillions prizes won was 2,453,574, and in the UK the Millionaire Raffle number NJQ999617 gave one player a prize of £1 million.
Congratulations to everyone who won a lottery prize last Friday (including the three players who shared the record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot) and good luck to everyone who has a go at achieving lottery success this week. Play EuroMillions online today and if your numbers come up you could be €21 million richer by the middle of the week!
Written by Tim Reynolds
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