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California lottery jackpots top $100 million

25 January 2008

SACRAMENTO, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- With SuperLOTTO Plus rolling over last night, California jackpots continue to lead the nation as the two top lottery prizes amounting to more than $100 million combined.

No one matched the six numbers needed to claim the SuperLOTTO Plus jackpot. So at the next draw, which happens Saturday, the jackpot will be at $49 million. As for the next MEGA Millions draw, which happens Friday, the jackpot is estimated to be $61 million.

At more than 19,000 California Lottery retail locations, players can purchase tickets for both games. They also have the option of playing the "California Combo," which is five Quick Pick tickets for MEGA Millions and five Quick Pick tickets for SuperLOTTO Plus, all in one transaction.

As jackpots rise, the California Lottery would like to remind players that gambling should be fun. Borrowing money to play, spending above a person's budget or using money intended for other purposes can ultimately lead to significant problems for players and their families. If a player recognizes that they have a gambling problem or if someone knows of someone who may have a problem, the California Lottery recommends calling the Problem Gambling Help Line at 1-800-GAMBLER.

More than 95 cents of every Lottery dollar is returned to the community in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retail commissions. The California Lottery contributes at least 34 cents of every dollar that players spend on Lottery products to public education and returns more than 50 percent of sales to players in the form of prizes. Since its inception in 1985, the Lottery has contributed more than $20 billion to California schools out of total sales of nearly $55 billion. Retailers benefit too, earning $3.5 billion in compensation since 1985.

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