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2012 Press Releases

March 28, 2012

MEGA MILLIONS® Jackpot Grows to a World Record $500 Million;
The Delaware Lottery Recommends Responsible Play

Dover, DE -- The growing MEGA MILLIONS® jackpot has reached a “Mega” $500 million, making it not only the largest jackpot in the game’s history, but the top lottery jackpot in the world.  Should a lucky winner be named in the drawing on Friday, March 30, an estimated cash option of $359.4 million could be awarded.  With such a large jackpot ready to be won, the Delaware Lottery is recommending that MEGA MILLIONS® players enjoy lottery games responsibly and within their means.
“Increased jackpots often bring an increased number of both new and experienced players to the Lottery, said Vernon Kirk, Director of the Delaware Lottery.  “It’s important for all players to remember to have fun when playing, but to keep the game in perspective and limit play to what you can personally afford.”

The current jackpot run began January 27, 2012, and Tuesday’s, March 27, drawing marked the 18th draw without a jackpot-winning ticket.  The Delaware Lottery joins other lotteries across the country in support of responsible play by emphasizing that the odds of winning a jackpot prize are 1-in-175 million and that players should keep personal affordability in mind when playing.

MEGA MILLIONS® is a multi-state lottery game available in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands; a total of 44 jurisdictions.  Tickets are $1 for purchase and are available at lottery retailers statewide. For more information, visit


About the Delaware Lottery:
Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $4.1 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, MEGA MILLIONS®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, DELAWARE CASH 5®, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, KENO®, iGaming and assorted Instant Games, Video Lottery, Sports Lottery and Table Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at, at licensed locations, and from the Lottery's office in Dover.

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