Extra money comes in handy anytime, but is especially nice around the holiday season. No one matched all six numbers in the Mega Millions drawing this past Friday, so the jackpot prize for Dec. 13 will be a cool $116 million.
The cash option value will be $85.4 million. Delawareonline.com reports that nine players matched five numbers without the Mega ball, none of them from New Jersey.
But lottery fortunes have been getting better for some of the players in the New Jersey area. Last week, according to philly.com, two winners in Camden and Burlington Counties split a Jersey Cash 5 jackpot of $428,088. The winning tickets were purchased from the Dollar Mart in Willingboro, and at a 7-11 in Pennsauken.
No one won the Mega Millions jackpot last Tuesday, but a ticket from nearby Mount Pocono, Monroe County in Pennsylvania matched the first five Mega balls without the Mega Ball while having the Megaplier option to win $1 million. The ticket was sold at a Tobacco RoadX store. Meanwhile, lottery.com reports that four players from New Jersey won the Mega Millions third prize of $10,000, on the Dec. 6 drawing.
Some states are being more creative to increase their lottery revenue. Lottery Post reports that Arizona has upped its average jackpot by 8 percent and introduced more expensive scratch-off games that yield higher payouts, up to $1 million. The tickets are even in brighter colors on thicker paper. The state saw 20 percent higher ticket sales from 2009.
But sometimes creativity can be carried too far. In Taiwan, according to Lottery Post, residents are being given one lottery ticket for each bag of dog waste they collect. Top prize in the drawing is gold ingots worth around $2,000. Since the competition began in August, over 4,000 residents have signed up, and they have picked up 14,000 bags so far.