Originally created 04/14/02

Big Game gets bigger: $300 million

ATLANTA - If you had big plans for $220 million, then how about $300 million?

That's the jackpot for Tuesday night's Big Game drawing because Friday night's drawing failed to produce a winning ticket, lottery officials said.

Thousands of people in seven states gobbled up tickets for the $220 million jackpot - one of the largest prizes in American lottery history - but no one managed to match all five numbers plus the Big Money Ball.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night were: 6-13-14-17-41. The Big Money Ball number was 6. Forty-four players matched five numbers but not the Big Money Ball and won $150,000 each.

The $300 million jackpot will be the second-largest in Big Game history. The biggest - and a U.S. record - was $363 million, split by two winners in May 2000.

In all seven participating states, retailers were swamped with customers buying the $1 tickets at the last minute Friday.

Among them was Will Wasdin of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., who crossed the state line to Flintstone, Ga., to buy his ticket at Favorite Market.

"It's the old get-rich-quick - the more the better," Mr. Wasdin said. "I've got just as much of a chance as anybody."

It's a small chance. The odds of winning the Big Game jackpot are 1 in 76 million.

Next month, the game will add New York and Ohio, make the odds even longer and change the name to Mega Millions. Promotions for the new game have advertised potential jackpots as big as $500 million.

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