The $640 million Mega Millions winning numbers from Friday, March 30, 2012, are 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 with Mega Ball 23 and Megaplier 3.
On Friday, the world’s biggest online lottery retailer, TheLotter.com, stopped selling Mega Millions tickets due to an inability to process transactions on its site. The unprecedented amount of Mega Millions-related sales shut down parts of the site for several hours as servers crashed from the influx of traffic.
TheLotter made the following statement on its website:
Due to the unprecedented amount of Mega Millions entries for the historic draw, theLotter has closed Mega Millions tickets sales early for the upcoming draw, 2012/26, on Friday the 30th in order to provide optimal service to all participants.
Players who wish to buy Mega Millions tickets will now need to make their purchases at traditional retailers such as convenience stores and groceries. With hours to go before Friday’s draw, only Illinois residents can purchase Mega Millions online through the Illinois Lottery website.
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It appears that TheLotter did not want to jeopardize its overall operations due to the massive influx of Mega Millions-related purchases. TheLotter added the following statement in a separate press release:
We wish to thank theLotter’s loyal lotto fans who have been celebrating Mega Millions’ historic jackpot with us on the site. Due to the unprecedented amount of tickets purchased for this draw, we are closing ticket sales a few hours early in order to guarantee optimal service for all participants.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding in this matter. For further inquiries, we invite you to contact customer service. We wish all theLotter’s players the best of luck in tonight’s draw!
This week, “mega millions” was ranked as the number one search term across the major search engines, and the phrase topped Google Trends from Tuesday all the way to Friday.
Friday’s draw will take place at 11pm EST, and the next scheduled Mega Millions draw will take place on Tuesday, April 3rd. The odds of winning Mega Millions are 1 in 176 million.
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On Friday, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) increased their estimate for the Mega Millions jackpot for the third time in as many days. The March 30 draw now has a jackpot of $640,000,000 – by far the biggest top prize for any lottery in history.
The current $640 million jackpot has a pre-tax lump sum option for $462 million. Assuming a 30 percent tax rate, a sole winner would net $323,400,000 in cash.