PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - January 3, 2011) - The jackpot for Mega Millions, Arizona's newest multi-state game, has climbed from $12 million to $330 million. This is the highest Mega Millions jackpot since Arizona joined the game in April of last year. The jackpot reached an all-time high of $390 million in March 2007.

Three players in Arizona won $250,000 prizes in Friday night's Mega Millions draw. The winning tickets were purchased at a Fry's Food Store in Queen Creek, a Circle K in Avondale and a Circle K in Peoria.

In the last week alone, there have been close to 90,000 Mega Millions winners in Arizona.

"I can't imagine a better way to kick off the New Year than with a high Mega Millions jackpot," said Jeff Hatch-Miller, executive director of the Arizona Lottery. "We love having winners from Arizona and encourage everyone to play responsibly."

Mega Millions costs $1 per ticket. Players select 5 out of 56 numbers, then select 1 out of 46 for the Mega Ball number. Players can also pay an extra $1 for a Megaplier that multiplies winnings, excluding the jackpot, up to four times the original amount. Drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays. The game is played in 41 states and Washington, D.C.

Players can check their numbers by logging onto or by calling the winning numbers hotline at 480-829-PICK in Phoenix and 1-800-499-3798 in all other Arizona areas. 

Players must be 21 years or older to purchase or redeem tickets. Overall odds vary by game. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, these materials may be made available in an alternate format. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-NEXT STEP. Please Play Responsibly. ™

About the Arizona Lottery
The Arizona Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it receives no General Fund dollars from the State. Proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets -- nearly $3 million per week -- fund a variety of state programs. Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out over $4.2 billion in prizes to players, more than $2.5 billion in net profit to the state, and almost $510 million in commissions to retailers.

Contact Information:

Karen Emery
Arizona Lottery
(480) 921-4472

Jessica Gonzalez
E.B. Lane
(602) 567-1831