July 8, 2013 – Happy belated 4th of July to all of our U.S. fans, we hope you enjoyed the holiday and, hopefully, a long weekend. Now that we’re all back to work this Monday, it’s time to catch up on last week’s lottery news.
After 10 jackpots rolled over in a run that began June 4, someone has finally hit the Mega Millions jackpot, which was worth $79 million Friday night.
Four other lucky players won the game’s second-tier prize of $250,000, and if they added the Megaplier option to their ticket for an extra $1, they’re now proud millionaires thanks to Mega Millions.
You can find the numbers for Friday night’s drawing, as well as the list of states where the five big-money prizes were won, here.
Nobody won the Powerball jackpot Saturday night, so it now sits at an estimated $80 million ahead of this Wednesday’s drawing. Two second-tier winning tickets were sold in Louisiana and Missouri.
Around the country, state Lotteries made some big steps, and some big missteps, last week.
The Delaware Lottery released the regulations for online gambling with the Lottery last week. Voters in the state approved the Lottery’s expansion into the digital world of gambling in January.
The third state to approve online Lottery games after New Jersey and Michigan, Delaware’s online Lottery games will debut in September 2013.
The Illinois Lottery was put in the spotlight in the middle of last week after the state’s Auditor General released a report which found $200 million in bookkeeping errors – the result of a combination of human and computer errors.
A few states to the West of Illinois, Wyoming officially created the Wyoming Lottery, which will be the 46th state to offer Lottery games, though legislators there said they were not at all interested in games offering “instant gratification” such as scratch-offs or pull-tab games.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead appointed the nine-member board later the same day, choosing the board members with a variety of experiences in public and private service, including one taco-chain CEO.
Thanks for catching up with us after the holiday, and remember we’re always keeping you on top of your Powerball game with the free LotteryHUB mobile app for iOS and Android, the only place to watch live drawings in the palm of your hand.