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Mega Millions at $325 million and growing

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing, 130,033 tickets in Virginia won prizes ranging from $2 to $250,000.  Since there was no jackpot winner, the estimated jackpot for the Friday, August 28 drawing grows to $325 million -- the third-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

Mega Millions players in Virginia won more than $1.1 million in Tuesday's drawing, including two tickets that won $250,000 each.  Those tickets were bought at:

* Parham Pit Stop, located at East 807 Parham Road in Richmond

* 7-Eleven, located at 3003 Columbia Pike in Arlington

Virginia Lottery officials estimate that 4.7 million tickets will be sold on Friday, the day of the drawing, in Virginia alone.  In fact, during peak times, tickets are expected to sell at a rate of more than 9,500 per minute across Virginia.

If one ticket matches all six numbers to win the jackpot, that person can choose between payments of $12.5 million per year for 26 years or a lump sum cash value of approximately $204.6 million. 

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 p.m. Eastern time.  For more information please go to www.valottery.com.  The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 176 million. The odds of winning any of the Mega Millions prizes are approximately 1 in 40.

All profits from the Virginia Lottery, including Mega Millions tickets sold in Virginia, go to K-12 public school education in the Commonwealth. Nearly 95 cents of each dollar spent on the Virginia Lottery by players goes back to the Commonwealth in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retailer commissions.

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