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RUSSELL, IL - JUNE 29: Debbie Nash from Kenosha, Wisconsin fills out her Mega Millions lottery ticket June 29, 2004 at a Citgo gas station in Russell, Illinois on the border of the state of Wisconsin. With the anticipation of Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing, lottery forecasters have revised the estimated jackpot upward to $220 million. Mega Millions is not played in Wisconsin as players have to drive into Illinois. The game is played in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

The next Mega Millions drawing is tonight, and hopefully they get it RIGHT this time.  If you didn’t hear about this, it was a big deal.  The last drawing was Tuesday, and the guy who announces each number read one of them wrong.  He said the “Mega Ball” was a “six,” but it was really a NINE.  The graphic they put up on the screen also said “six.”  And it caused a huge headache for lottery officials. The Mega Millions website issued a statement the next day to clear things up.  (The actual winning numbers were 15-19-20-61-70, and the Mega Ball was 9.)  Luckily, they checked their system, and no one would have won the $86 MILLION jackpot anyway.  There were no tickets with all five winning numbers AND the Mega Ball number six or nine. But a handful of people would have won $10,000 prizes with a six, and thousands of others would have won smaller amounts.  Mega Millions is played in 45 different states.

 

 

The New York Lottery paused payouts and told people to hang onto their tickets.  But Mega Millions called the nine version the “official result” and apologized for the confusion.  So it doesn’t sound like they’re paying out the people with sixes, but it’s still not clear.  Tonight’s jackpot is worth an estimated $99 million.