Mega Millions climbs to $550M as no one wins jackpot

A Mega Millions lottery ticket is displayed in A Mega Millions lottery ticket is displayed in Springfield, Ill. (Dec. 13, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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Friday the 13th was indeed unlucky for anyone hoping to win the Mega Millions grand prize of $425 million, the game's second-largest jackpot ever.

No one matched Friday's winning numbers, 19, 24, 26, 27, 70 and Mega Ball 12, according to the New York Lottery's website. A winning ticket matching all six numbers would have provided a cash option of $228.2 million before taxes.

The jackpot goes up to $550 million ahead of Tuesday's drawing.

Paula Otto, the Virginia Lottery's executive director and Mega Millions' lead director, told The Associated Press early Saturday that she expects the amount to rise even higher before the drawing. It could approach or surpass the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever claimed, $656 million in March 2012.

Although nobody hit the biggest prize, nine people nabbed $1-million prizes for matching the first five numbers. Two million-dollar winning tickets were sold in New York -- one in Manhattan, the other in upstate Syracuse. Other winning tickets were sold in Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey and two apiece in Florida and Michigan, Otto said.

The second-largest Mega Millions jackpot jumped to $425 million less than 12 hours before Friday's drawing, according to the lottery's website.

Overall, Friday's prize would have been the fifth largest among U.S. lottery jackpots, behind Powerball jackpots of $590.5 million on May 18, 2013; $587.5 million on Nov. 28, 2012; and $448.4 million on Aug. 7, 2013.

With The Associated Press

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