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Mega Millions at $586 Million

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Tonight's Mega Millions jackpot estimate has been increased to $586 million.  Here are some fun facts courtesy of the Hoosier Lottery:
Notable Hoosier wins by family, friend or workplace pools
Some notable Hoosier jackpot wins, including the biggest prize ever won in the state and the only Mega Millions jackpot win in Indiana, have been by family members or co-workers who pooled their money and purchased tickets as a group.
Pools, also referred to as lottery clubs, are popular among Hoosiers.  Indiana's biggest jackpot, a $314 million Powerball win in Richmond in 2007, was a group of family members:  a father and his two grown children, who played Powerball twice a week together.
Indiana's only Mega Millions jackpot win to date was claimed by a group of five siblings, the Bolke family, who pooled their money and struck it rich in February 2011 with a $46.5 million winning ticket purchased in Munster.
Players interested in pooling their money and playing as a group may want to print a  Mega Millions Pool Form at hoosierlottery.com.
Other big Hoosier wins by groups include the following:
    Two southern Indiana co-workers, welders Darin Fox of Clarksville and Todd Reardon of Jeffersonville, both retired after they combined their money and won a $221.7 million Powerball jackpot in April 2011.
    A group calling themselves "The Lucky 13" claimed a $295 million Powerball prize on a ticket purchased in Richmond in July 1998.
    Two co-workers at CMA Supply in Fort Wayne claimed a $19 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot in September 2013. A group of six Columbus residents and friends who called themselves the "Thursday Lunch Six" claimed a $14 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot in August 2012.
    The "Amtrak 15" from Beech Grove shared a $34.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot in October 2010.
    Twenty-nine co-workers at Trailer Transit in Porter split a $2 million Powerball prize in August 2012.
    Ten co-workers at PRD in Bedford split a $1 million Powerball prize in September 2013.
    Two co-workers at Union Electric Steel in Valparaiso, Brad Hundt and Pamella Legler, combined their funds and won $1 million playing Powerball in May 2012.
    Five medical claims processors in Indianapolis split a $1 million prize in February of this year after pooling their money and matching the first five numbers in a Powerball drawing.
    Thirty-six City of Hammond employees shared a $250,000 Mega Millions prize in August of this year.
Tickets for the $586 million Mega Millions jackpot must be purchased by 10:44 p.m. Tuesday for the drawing, which is at approximately 11 p.m. They are available for $1 per wager at over 4,000 retailers across the state.
To avoid long lines at retail, players may want to purchase their tickets early.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play.  Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.  
ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce motor vehicle excise taxes by 50 percent.
To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter.


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