Dec. 13, 2013 – Another week of winter has passed, though Americans hardly got out unscathed. The massive winter storm “Dion” finished its trek across the country early this week, and now meteorologists are warning that “Electra” is on its way.
It seems nobody was able to escape this week’s icy grip of winter – though cold is most certainly relative. Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel made that abundantly clear in a segment called “Los Angeles Overreacts to Cold Temperatures” this week.
Despite all the snow, ice and freezing rain that has been dumped on much of the U.S. this week, there is one thing that remains particularly hot – the massive Mega Millions Jackpot.
Weekly Jackpot Update
That’s right, “Jackpot Fever” has Americans rushing to Lottery retailers at a frenzied pace, all sharing in the dream that theirs may be the ticket to win the now $425 million jackpot.
All those ticket sales actually resulted in a major increase in the estimate for tonight’s jackpot. Mega Millions officials raised their initial estimate by $25 million this morning.
The same re-evaluation occurred last Friday, when the jackpot grew just $6 million to reach $297 million. That means that in the past week, the jackpot has swelled in size by an incredible $128 million.
That’s actually more money than the entire value of the Powerball annuity jackpot that was won Wednesday night. The $122.9 million prize had been growing since Nov. 21, and the winnings were split by two winners, from Massachusetts and Nebraska.
Weekly Lottery Happenings
Lotteries are in the home stretch, (like the rest of the nation) before the holidays. That means that it’s been a big week in ticket sales and drawing announcements for end-of-year raffles and wintertime second-chance contests around the country.
Minnesota, Montana, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Arkansas are all nearing the end of either their ticket supplies or the sales period. A lot of millionaires will be made around the U.S. in the next two weeks as these drawings are held.
Particularly in Minnesota, the Lottery will be making the holidays extra special through their Minnesota Millionaire Raffle. Along with cash prizes not unlike those featured in other states, the Minnesota Lottery will also give away thousands of dollars in groceries, gas, and gift cards.
On top of that, they’ve also got three brand-new Fords – a Mustang convertible and Edge and Explorer SUV’s – which they’ll award to three lucky winners and pay the taxes. 20 more winners will get a little help traveling too, as the Lottery also plans to hand out thousands in travel vouchers and spending cash.
LotteryHUB is in the Giving Spirit
Along with all the great chances to win cash, cars, vacations, and more lottery players and fans can still win more with LotteryHUB Rewards. And since we love winning so much here at LotteryHUB, we’ve extended our FanFueled program as well.
With FanFueled, LotteryHUB fans can tweet out some of our stories, answer fun trivia, watch videos and more to earn points. It’s kind of like a race, and we’ll be running it until Jan. 7.
Whoever ends up in the top spots on our FanFueled leaderboard at the end of the FanFueled promotion will win a Kindle Fire!
Finally, though FanFueled is ending, LotteryHUB Rewards is just as exciting as ever. This week, we reminded players that Tuesday is the last day to enter into the LotteryHUB Rewards drawing for the Grand Oasis Cancun vacation.
The winner and a guest will get travel vouchers for their trip to Cancun, and will then spend seven days in the Grand Oasis resort – an all inclusive paradise with more than 30 bars and restaurants, a private beach, and endless opportunities to relax or be entertained.
Once you’re signed up, you’ll earn Rewards points for watching live Powerball drawings or exclusive video content, getting the winning numbers for your favorite games, or reading the latest news from your state’s Lottery.
Each point counts as an entry into one of our exclusive drawings, giving you a chance to win more for free. You can’t win if you don’t play – don’t forget to enter the Grand Oasis Vacation drawing by Tuesday!
Hopefully your week was as good as ours, despite the snow, the cold, or whatever winter is throwing at you. Good luck in tonight’s incredible $425 million Mega Millions drawing, and don’t forget to catch the Powerball drawing with LotteryHUB Saturday night.