- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 14, 2002

If you had big plans for $220 million, then how about $300 million?
That'll be the new jackpot for Tuesday night's Big Game drawing after Friday night's drawing failed to produce a winning ticket, lottery officials said.
Thousands of people in seven states, including Virginia and Maryland, gobbled up tickets for the $220 million jackpot one of the largest prizes in American lottery history but no one managed to match all five numbers plus the Big Money Ball.
The winning numbers drawn Friday night were 6, 13, 14, 17 and 41, and the Big Money Ball was 6.
Forty-four players did manage to match five numbers to win $150,000 each.
"It's the old get-rich-quick. The more the better," Mr. Wasdin said. "I've got just as much of a chance as anybody."
Still, it was a small chance. The odds of winning the Big Game jackpot are 1 in 76 million.
"I'm not greedy," said Daphne Green of Albany, Ga., who bought 10 tickets and said she would put some of the winnings into a college fund for her children. "I don't have to win it all. Just some would be all right with me."
The $300 million jackpot will be the second-largest in Big Game history. The biggest and the U.S. record was $363 million, split by two winners in May 2000.
In all seven states, retailers were swamped with customers buying the $1 tickets at the last minute Friday.
At a 7-Eleven in Hamilton, N.J., some people bought up to $300 in tickets.
"Even the ones who come in and don't know what the Big Game is, once they find out, they're buying tickets like mad," clerk Donna Pophry said. "I'm buying them. My husband's buying them. Sales have been excellent."
Players taking a shot at the $300 million Tuesday have two options: the full amount, paid out at $11.5 million a year for 26 years, or a one-time payout of $160 million. Either way, taxes would take about one-third of the money, lottery officials say.
Next month, the game will add New York and Ohio, make the odds even longer and change the name to Mega Millions. Promotions for the new game have advertised potential jackpots as big as $500 million.

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