Dec. 20, 2013 – Today is likely the first of a series of “easy” days for you, at least I sincerely hope that is the case as Christmas and the beginning of Kwanzaa are less than a week away, and New Year’s Eve follows just a week after that.
For the majority of us, the lottery probably didn’t help make the holidays any easier, though perhaps it made them a bit more exciting; the near-record Mega Millions jackpot certainly had the LotteryHUB team dreaming in the beginning of the week.
But, there are still three chances left to hit the jackpot before the holiday sales and extended store hours end, so if you’re still dreaming of a green Christmas, be sure to pick up your tickets for this weekend’s jackpots.
Weekly Jackpot Update
Tonight, Mega Millions will begin its climb once again, after two tickets split the $648 million jackpot Tuesday night. Tonight’s jackpot is worth only about 2 percent of Tuesday’s historic prize, but that only means that less people are likely to play – and a single winner is more likely to take the top prize.
Though we all had our fingers crossed that Tuesday night would bring a record-breaking jackpot rollover, it was just as satisfying to share in the life-changing events of one Stone Mountain woman’s Wednesday.
Ira Curry bought the ticket that landed her half of Tuesday night’s jackpot that day, and by Wednesday morning, she was already in the Georgia Lottery’s offices claiming her prize.
Though she declined to participate in a press conference after the Lottery proudly announced her Georgia’s big winner, Curry did say that she felt like she was dreaming. Reports emerged Friday that Curry, as well as her sisters from the Bronx, N.Y., had since packed up and left their neighborhoods.
The second half of that historic Mega Millions jackpot will go to a California winner. That ticket was purchased in San Jose, and the winner has 180 days to come forward to collect their prize.
Though Mega Millions momentarily pushed Powerball out of the super-jackpot spotlight, “America’s Favorite Jackpot Game” has been climbing itself.
Since two winners – one from Massachusetts and one from Nebraska – split a $122.9 million jackpot last weekend, the prize has been climbing steadily. Ahead of Saturday’s drawing, it sits at $60 million, with a cash value of $33.3 million.
Weekly Lottery Happenings
Mega Millions’ run at the record took center stage in Lottery News this week, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t other goings-on. In the District of Columbia, Lottery fans were getting in the Holiday spirit for the second week in a row with a D.C. Lottery contest.
The “Carol for Cash” contest was held through the D.C. Lottery’s Facebook page, and asked fans to submit videos of themselves singing the Lottery’s own Christmas Carol. Other Facebook fans voted with “likes” and Kendria Waltower was named this week’s winner.
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