ATLANTA — It's almost unimaginable. No one picked the six correct numbers in the latest multi-state Mega Millions lottery game, sending the jackpot to a record $500 million for the Friday drawing.
Tuesday night's jackpot was $363 million, fed by weeks of drawings without a top winner. The previous record jackpot in the Mega Millions game was $390 million in 2007, split by two winners in New Jersey and Georgia.
A $500 million winner could get $19.2 million a year for 26 years or a single payment worth $359 million. The next drawing is Friday at 9 p.m. MT.
In Tuesday night's game, 47 players came very close, matching 5 of the 6 winning numbers. Each of those tickets is worth at least $250,000.
Winning Tickets Sold:
Match 5 + 0: Winners in California(9), Colorado (1), District of Columbia(1), Illinois(2), Maryland(2), Michigan(2), Missouri(1), Montana (1), North Carolina(2), New Jersey(2), New York (11), Ohio(2), Pennsylvania(2), South Carolina (1), Texas(2), Virginia(1), Vermont(1), Washington(3) and West Virginia(1).
Mega Millions is played in more than 40 states including Idaho, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The winning numbers Tuesday night were: Nine, 19, 34, 44 and 51. The Mega Ball was 24.
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