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Mega Millions debuts with $190 million jackpot Friday

While lottery fever is running rampant over Saturday's expected $475 million Powerball jackpot, this might be a good time to remind Floridians that there's a new multimillion-dollar drawing on Friday. And it's jackpot isn't so shabby either.

The Mega Millions game makes its debut with an expected $190 million prize to the person who matches all six numbers. That amount is expected to go higher.

Picks cost $1 for this game, while Powerball plays cost $2.

Like the Powerball game, Mega Millions players choose five numbers (from 1 through 56) in the upper play area, or mark the QP (Quick Pick) box to let the terminal randomly pick some or all of the numbers. Then you select the Mega Ball number (from 1 through 46) in the lower play area, or mark the QP (Quick Pick) box for the terminal to randomly select the Mega Ball number.

To win two to four times more on nonjackpot prizes, players can select the Megaplier box for $1 more per play. The box applies to all panels and Quick Picks played on the play slip.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m.

The Powerball jackpot drawing is at 11 p.m. Saturday. With a jackpot of $475 million, it ranks as the second largest in Powerball history and third biggest lottery jacket overall, according to USA Today.

Mega Millions debuts with $190 million jackpot Friday 05/16/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:56pm]
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