No winner in $425 million Mega Millions jackpot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- No one has won the $425 million jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery game.

Lottery officials say no one matched all of the numbers in the drawing Friday night.

The numbers drawn were: 19-24-26-27-70, Mega Ball: 12.

The jackpot now is expected to reach $550 million for the next drawing on Tuesday. The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever was a $656 million jackpot in March 2012.

The Mega Millions underwent a major game revamp in October in an effort to grow bigger jackpots in a shorter amount of time. But it also decreased the odds of a person winning the top prize to about 1 in 259 million. It was previously about 1 in 176 million, nearly the same odds as winning the Powerball jackpot.


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Sales are brisk for Mega Millions tickets across the country as people dream of winning a $400 million jackpot.

Lottery officials in Virginia, the lead state for the Mega Millions game, say sales are expected to reach $104 million for Friday night's drawing since the last drawing Tuesday. That's about five times the sales when the jackpot is $15 million, the starting point after a jackpot is won.

Mega Millions officials will meet Friday morning to decide whether to increase the jackpot ahead of the 11 p.m. Eastern time drawing.

So far about 32 percent of the possible combinations of numbers have been sold.

The winning ticket must match the six numbers drawn.
Mega Millions is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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