$290M Up for Grabs in Mega Millions Jackpot

If you were to be the lucky owner of a sole winning ticket you could expect an estimated $10,000,000 annual payout over 26 years

By R. Stickney
|  Friday, Mar 23, 2012  |  Updated 4:22 PM PDT
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Friday's lottery jackpot is estimated at more than $290 million.

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Dreamers everywhere are paying attention to Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing. A winning ticket would net an estimated $290 million.

If you were to be the lucky owner of a sole winning ticket you could expect an estimated $10,000,000 annual payout over 26 years or a $158,445,000 cash payout according to the lottery’s website.

Unlike the Super Lotto jackpot which is California-based, the Mega Millions lottery sells tickets in 43 states.

Last year, three winning tickets were purchased in California. The last winner from San Diego was Todd Moitz of San Diego who won $47 million in January 2009.

"You go in there picking the tickets, you never actually expect them to land," Moitz said after picking up his big check. Watch Moitz relive the moment he realized he had won

Plenty of San Diegans put their money down for a chance at the jackpot Wednesday. Michael Clark told NBCSanDiego he was playing his family's birthdays. What if all the numbers matched? Clark said he'd be in the market to buy his own island.

Tim Dicorato had more realistic plans with his potential winnings," Probably give a lot of money away. I have everything I need," he told NBCSanDiego.

If the jackpot isn't claimed by anyone over the weekend, the jackpot total will grow for next week’s drawing.

None of the tickets hit all six numbers in Tuesday's drawing which had an estimated jackpot of approximately $240 million. 

Two tickets sold in San Diego County had five of the six numbers. They were purchased in El cajon and Oceanside.

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