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Mega Millions jackpot means $16.3 million for Virginia public schools

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Although the jackpot-winning tickets in the December 17 Mega Millions drawing were not bought in Virginia, the Commonwealth benefited from the excitement. During the jackpot run that ended with Tuesday's drawing, sales of Mega Millions tickets in Virginia generated an estimated $16.3 million in profit. By law, all of that profit goes to K-12 public schools in the Commonwealth.
 
In last night's drawing alone, more than 789,000 Mega Millions tickets bought in Virginia won prizes, for a total of $1.76 million. That includes one ticket that won $20,000 and 12 tickets that each won $5,000. The $20,000 ticket would have won $5,000, but the player spent an extra dollar for Megaplier when he or she bought it. Megaplier increased the prize 4x, to $20,000.
 
That $20,000 winning ticket was bought at Farm Fresh, 353 Chatham Drive in Newport News.
 
Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com and on the Lottery's Facebook page. The odds of winning the $250,000 prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 3,904,701.
 
When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it's the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia's K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia's public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.
 
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