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Tuesday's Mega Millions Jackpot Closing In a Half Billion Dollars

$400 Million Prize Would be the Second-Largest California Jackpot of All Time

In just mere hours, you could be $400 million richer.

At  8 p.m. Tuesday, numbers will be drawn for the latest Mega Millions lottery game.

According to California Lottery officials, this is now the third largest Mega Millions jackpot of all time, and the seventh largest in the United States history.

"If someone in our state wins, the $400 million prize would also become the 2nd largest jackpot in California history," officials said.  

The largest jackpot in California history was won just last month, by someone who bought their ticket in Milpitas.   That person won $425.3 million playing Powerball.

The Mega Millions game, which is played in 42 other states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, costs $1 to play and tickets can be purchased up to 7:45 p.m. on the day of the draw.

The odds of winning the grand prize are just 1 in 259 million, according to lottery officials.  

If no one wins on Tuesday night, the jackpot will roll over to Friday.



Alek J Hidell March 18, 2014 at 11:49 PM
What hath God wrought?
Vic March 19, 2014 at 12:19 AM
I don't think God had a say in this, unless he's into crooked politics too...
Sarah Lish March 19, 2014 at 03:37 PM
@Alex Bloated pensions of our teachers?! Teachers pay for their own pensions. The school district doesn't contribute a single dime to any teacher's pension. Unlike the city, county and state workers, they get their money matched. For every dime they contribute to their pensions, the state, county or city matches that dime. What would be nice would be to have the district pay for supplies so the teachers don't have to shell out the money. I understand that extra curricular activities cost money but that is something you choose to participate in. I would love to see the parent's reaction to having to provide construction paper, writing paper, glue sticks, scissors, paint, tape, staples, etc. to their child's education. I know that was just a few of things I had to provide for my students each and every year.
KarmaKing March 19, 2014 at 04:57 PM
"Teachers pay for their own pensions. The school district doesn't contribute a single dime to any teacher's pension." Not so Sarah. Teacher's contribute 8%, school districts contribute 8.25% and the State kicks in 5%. That's according to CALSTRS which is the State's teacher pension system ( http://www.calstrs.com/general-information/plan-funding-faqs) and a recent OC Register article here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/state-602273-percent-districts.html. of course, if CALSTRS can't address it's $70 billion unfunded liability, taxpayers have to pick up that tab also.
KarmaKing March 19, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Oops apologies to the grammar police I should've said "its."

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