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Mega Millions Near Record Run To Benefit IL Schools

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The long, 12-week run for Mega Millions raised $21 million for schools in Illinois. According to a news release from the Illinois Lottery, Tuesday night's $648 million jackpot fever will result in more money for schools, with proceeds going into the Common School Fund. 

The state lottery office says aside from two grand prize winning tickets sold in Georgia and California, a ticket worth $1 million was sold in Chicago and there were 1,123,586 additional winning tickets sold in Illinois. Lower-tier prizes for the 1.12 million winning tickets range from $1 to $5,000. 

Ticket sales peaked Tuesday evening when Lottery officials reported sales at a rate of $23,000 per minute, or $1.4 million for the hour. In addition, during the course of the jackpot run, some $1.5 million in Mega Millions sales were made through the Lottery's website portal.

Lottery officials say last October the Mega Millions jackpot was altered to include larger, faster growing jackpots and better odds of winning smaller cash prizes.