Mega Millions lottery sales means more money for public education

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Thousands of people are buying lottery tickets for Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing which has a grand prize of 1.1 billion dollars. Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Dustin Annison says it’s one of the largest jackpots in U.S. lottery history.

“It has a cash value of 648.2 million and it’s now the second largest jackpot in the history of the game and third largest U.S. lottery jackpot,” said Annison.

Annison says lottery players love big jackpots, including individuals who might buy a lottery ticket only once or twice a year.

“Mega Million sales in Louisiana through this jackpot run which began on April 19th, are nearly 16.8 million and just in the last week alone we’ve had more than seven million in Mega Million sales,” said Annison.

He says billion dollar jackpots result in a frenzy in individuals buying tickets, which is good for the state.

“25-cents of every dollar spent on lottery games is transferred to the state treasury and is used in K-through-12 education across our state,” said Annison.

Annison says they ask individuals to play responsibly and if you are going in with a large group, make sure you decide beforehand how you would split up the winnings.