Massachusetts State Lottery: Megabucks Doubler hits second-biggest jackpot in the game’s existence at $11.6 million ahead of Saturday, May 21, draw

The Massachusetts State Lottery’s Megabucks Doubler game currently has its second-biggest jackpot since its inception in the state, at around $11.6 million before the draw on Saturday, May 21.

Megabucks Doubler was launched in April 2009, with a cash option on the prize estimated at $8.72 million, according to the lottery.

The game’s biggest ever jackpot was $13.82 million, won on March 10, 2012 from a ticket sold in Wakefield, the lottery said.

The Megabucks Doubler jackpot was last won on March 20 last year, when a $10.04 million jackpot was won from a ticket sold at Fairhaven, the lottery added, helping to explain the extraordinarily high sum.

Tickets for Megabucks Doubler can be purchased for $1 each and can only be purchased in Massachusetts, according to the lottery.

“To play, you must choose six numbers between 1 and 49 or choose Quic Pic, which randomly chooses all six numbers for you,” the lottery said. “A ticket that matches the six winning numbers selected in the draw wins the jackpot.”

For Saturday’s draw, qualifying tickets can be purchased until 10:45 p.m. on May 21, the lottery added. Megabucks Doubler draws take place every Saturday and Wednesday at 10:50 p.m. ET.

The Massachusetts State Lottery celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and has awarded more than $100 billion in prizes and generated more than $140 billion in revenue, the group said.

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