Jackpots jump, as Pa., N.J. tickets just miss

Posted: March 05, 2012

No one hit the latest major lottery jackpots, but Pennsylvania and New Jersey had four tickets that came close.

Each had two tickets that matched the first five numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions - 16, 29, 48, 52 and 54 - but not the Mega Ball, which came up 5.

The payoff is either $250,000, or an automatic $1 million for any player who also had the Megaplier. (More details, including which stores sold the winners, should be known today.)

Illinois and California also each had two second-tier winners, while New York, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana and Arizona had one apiece.

Tuesday's jackpot will be $127 million for the annuity, $93 million for the cash.

Powerball's jackpot is now worth $60 million for the annuity, $37 million as a lump sum. The next drawing is Wednesday night.

Virginia, Michigan and Florida each had a $1 million winner who matched the first five numbers - 29. 30, 45, 47 and 49 - but not the Powerball of 35 in Saturday night's drawing.

Winning $2 million each were two tickets, sold in Florida and Minnesota, that matched five while having the Powerball prize-boosting option.

No one has yet claimed the staggering Powerball jackpot won in Rhode Island on Feb. 11. The whopping windfall is worth $336.4 million over 30 yearly payments, or $210 million (less taxes) in a single check.

For more, go to www.palottery.com, www.njlottery.net, or www.philly.com/philly/news/lottery.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.