11/07/2022 – $2040.1 million (California)
08/03/2022 – $202 million (Pennsylvania)
06/29/2022 – $20 million
04/27/2022 – $454 million
02/14/2022 – $183 million
01/05/2022 – $630 million
It was reported in March 2009 that New Jersey, which had previously participated in Mega Millions, had inquired about becoming a member of Powerball. Not long after that, it became public that negotiations were taking place about letting each US lottery offer both games. The Mega Millions consortium and MUSL came to an agreement in principle on October 13 to cross-sell their respective lottery games, Mega Millions and Powerball. In the month of November, MUSL signed a contract to begin live-streaming Powerball drawings on their website.
Mega Millions and MUSL added lotteries on January 31, 2010, the day of the cross-sell expansion. By the month of May, eight Powerball members had also joined Mega Millions. On March 1, 2010, the Montana Lottery became a member of the Mega Millions lottery. Mega Millions was introduced in Nebraska on March 20, 2010, and Oregon was the next state to do so on March 28, 2010. Arizona became a participant in Mega Millions on April 18, 2010, and Mega Millions was introduced in Maine on May 9, 2010. Colorado and South Dakota became participants in Mega Millions on May 16, 2010. In October 2010, the United States Virgin Islands became a part of the Mega Millions lottery.
One retailer on the Sharon, Pennsylvania/Masury, Ohio border sold both Mega Millions (via the Ohio Lottery) and Powerball (Pennsylvania) before the agreement and continued to be the only retailer to sell tickets for both lotteries after the deal was reached. These retailers were the only places that sold both Mega Millions and Powerball tickets prior to the agreement.
After Illinois joined Powerball on the expansion date, it became the second multi-jurisdictional lottery game (after Mega Millions, in which Illinois previously participated) whose drawings were carried nationally. Mega Millions was the first multi-jurisdictional lottery game. The drawings for both games were broadcast simultaneously on the Chicago cable superstation WGN-national TV’s feed, known as WGN America. The broadcast rights to the Illinois Lottery draws were purchased by WGN-TV in 1992 from the Fox-owned and -operated station WFLD in Chicago. WFLD had previously obtained the rights from WGN-TV in 1987. WGN-TV aired the drawings nationally from 1992 until 2015. Drawings for Powerball and Mega Millions were shown on WGN-TV and WGN America on Wednesdays and Saturdays, respectively, immediately following the station’s 9:00 p.m. (Central Time) newscast. Drawings for Mega Millions were broadcast on Tuesday and Friday evenings, following the program. In areas where neither the Mega Millions nor the Powerball is broadcast on any of the local television stations, WGN has filled in as the de facto carrier for those multi-state lottery games.
On March 13, 2010, New Jersey became the first state that had previously solely been a member of the Mega Millions lottery to generate a jackpot-winning Powerball ticket. This occurred soon before the cross-selling expansion. Annuity payments made it worth more than $211 million; the property was eventually sold in Morris Plains. The Mega Millions jackpot was twelve million dollars when the winning ticket was sold in North Carolina on May 28, 2010, becoming the state the first previous MUSL member (just before the cross-selling expansion) to generate a jackpot-winning ticket (annuity).
It was on June 2, 2010, that Ohio became the first lottery selling either Mega Millions or Powerball (when 2010 began) to give a jackpot-winning ticket for its newer game, Powerball. The winning ticket was purchased in the state of Ohio. The winning ticket was an annuity that was valued at 261 million dollars, and it was purchased in Sunbury. Since Montana also provided a jackpot winner for that drawing, it was the first time a jackpot was shared through lotteries that sold competing games before the cross-selling expansion, as Montana sold only Powerball before the expansion date. The winning ticket for Ohio’s second Powerball jackpot was sold for the drawing on June 23, 2010, and it was a part of another first.
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