CHICAGO, IL—April 2, 2012—Illinois Lottery officials announced today financial results from the record breaking Mega Millions drawing Friday night.
Last week the Illinois Lottery recorded total sales of $94.36 million – the largest sales week in Illinois Lottery history, shattering the previous record of $73.8 million for the week ending April 15, 1989. Sales of Mega Millions tickets peaked on Friday night from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. when Lottery officials reported tickets selling at a rate of $37,600 per minute; $2.3 million in sales for that hour. From January 25 to March 30 (the period of time that the jackpot rolled) the Lottery recorded $75 million in Mega Millions sales including Megaplier sales.
Governor Pat Quinn announced that the lottery generated over $31.5 million in total contributions to the Common School Fund during the nine week Mega Millions run. "I congratulate the winner in Redbud and the many other winners the Illinois lottery produces every day," Governor Quinn said. "When people play responsibly, they can have fun and support education and infrastructure projects that keep our economy strong."
Beyond the $219M winner who bought the winning ticket at the Moto Mart in Red Bud, there were 11 players who matched five numbers and won $250,000 and one other second place winner who opted for the Megaplier feature of the game and won $1,000,000.
“This has been an incredible week for the Illinois Lottery and the people of our state,” said Michael Jones, Superintendent of the Illinois Lottery. “Our jackpot winner from Red Bud, a wonderful town in southern Illinois, along with thousands of other lottery winners across the state proves that if you believe it can happen…it might. Everyone who played Mega Millions not only made history by playing for the largest lottery prize in the history of the planet, but contributed to the common good in our state.”
Throughout Illinois, people flocked to the more than 7,900 dedicated lottery retailers to purchase Mega Millions tickets. Lottery retailers earned $3.7 million in sales commissions from Mega Millions sales during this roll-up. Statewide, Illinois Lottery retailers generated an average of $11,450 in total sales just last week alone earning an average of more than $570 in commissions. MotoMart in Red Bud who sold the winning jackpot Mega Millions ticket will receive a bonus check of $500,000.
The Illinois Lottery’s new Internet channel generated over $1.14 million in Mega Millions sales during its startup week. A total of 114,000 Illinois adults registered to play the lottery on the Internet during the first week of the pilot program.
Lottery officials also recorded instant lottery sales of $6.5 million for Friday, March30 – breaking another lottery record.
About the Illinois Lottery
Since 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed more than $17 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as the Capital Projects Fund. Players must be at least 18 years old.