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Posted at 5:42 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Mega Millions sales put $200K in city coffers

By Mike DeBonis

Sadly for the District treasury, a city resident did not win last night's Mega Millions multi-state lottery drawing -- which could have sent $19 million into the D.C. coffers.

But D.C. Lottery officials say the high interest in the near-record $355 million jackpot proved a windfall all the same, generating $200,000 for the city through ticket sales.

In all, lottery officials say that 671,451 Mega Million tickets were sold since the previous drawing, on Dec. 31. The vast majority were sold yesterday -- an estimated 377 per minute.

While no D.C. resident struck it mega-big, some won smaller prizes, from $1 and up. One player won $10,000 on a ticket bought at News & Necessities on H Street NW.

By Mike DeBonis  | January 5, 2011; 5:42 PM ET
Categories:  The District  
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Comments

It's all Luck, no science behind it. Lotteries are NOT a sure thing.

Posted by: ggant | January 6, 2011 8:40 AM | Report abuse

@ggant

Neither is life my friend!

Posted by: dark_knight | January 6, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

"Lotteries are NOT a sure thing."

Depends on your point of view. Like any gambling, they are a sure thing for the house.

Posted by: BEEPEE | January 6, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

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