|After 19 draws, the “Big Game” jackpot has finally been won – and the estimated $325 million will be shared among at least 3 winners, according to Lottery officials.|
According to a report on CNN.com, the winning tickets were sold in at least three states: Georgia, New Jersey and Illinois. According to Georgia Lottery Corp. spokesperson J.B. Landroche, one of the winning tickets was sold in Dacula, 30 miles northeast of Atlanta. Another winner was sold in Union County, New Jersey, according to state Lottery official Linda Melone, and Anne Plohr, Illinois’ lottery spokesperson said that another had been sold somewhere in the state.
The $325 million jackpot was the second largest in US history – two winners split a $363 million Big Game jackpot in May 2000.
The Big Game is played in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia, and next month New York, Ohio and Washington DC join the game, when the name will be changed to Mega Millions.
Statisticians say that the chances of winning Tuesday’s lottery were far smaller than the chances of, for example, being killed in a road accident. The odds against winning were less than one in 76 million. That didn’t stop the punters from lining up at newsstands, gas stations and stores, however – Georgia Lottery President Rebecca Paul had estimated that retailers in her state would sell as many as 1.5 million tickets per hour on Tuesday. She said lottery officials in the participating states expected to have sold 150 million tickets since Friday’s draw.
Each state takes in about $2 billion a year in lottery revenue, and about $200 million of that comes from Big Game ticket sales.