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New York's Mega Millions jackpot increases to $415 million for Friday

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Wed, Jun 29th 2016 12:25 pm

The jackpot for Friday's Mega Millions drawing is $415 million. The $25 million jump from Tuesday's jackpot is due to brisk sales across all 44 participating Mega Millions states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot was $390 million. It produced more than 490,000 winning tickets in New York. With Friday's Mega Millions jackpot now at $415 million, New York will see even more winners across the state.

Lottery officials remind players they can win even if they don't win the jackpot prize. The second place prize is $1 million for matching the first five numbers. Lottery players are also reminded they can ask their Lottery retailers for the Megaplier feature where, for just an extra dollar, their prize can multiply by two, three, four or five times.

If no one matches all five numbers plus the Mega Ball in Friday's drawing, the jackpot will continue to grow. Tickets for Friday's Mega Millions drawing can be purchased until 10:45 p.m. EST.

Previously, the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever claimed in New York Lottery history was by Harold Diamond, of Wurtsboro, Sullivan County, who was the sole winner of a $326 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn on Nov. 4, 2014.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot across all participating states to date was $656 million, won in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland on March 30, 2012.

The New York Lottery continues to be North America's largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.30 billion in fiscal year 2015-16 to help support education in New York. The Lottery's contribution represents 14 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.

New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school district's size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.

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