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No Mega Millions winner, so jackpot up to $325 million

There were nearly half-million winning tickets in New York alone following the much-anticipated Mega Millions drawing Tuesday night.

But no one won the jackpot in the 12-state lottery, a pool that was worth an estimated $252 million, officials said.

Officials now estimate the Mega Millions jackpot will be worth $325 million when the lottery is drawn Friday at 11 p.m. The largest jackpot in U.S. history was the $390-million Mega drawing on March 6, 2007, officials said.

Mega Millions has now gone 14 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner. The last winner was drawn on July 7.

To win the jackpot, a player must hit the correct number for all five white balls drawn - and for the yellow Mega ball.

The winning numbers Tuesday were: 3-12-19-22-40 and 2.

Three New Yorkers, including one in Queens and one in the Bronx, hit for the second prize, worth $250,000. They had all five numbers correct, but failed to hit the Mega ball.

There were 24 second-prize winners nationwide.

Mega Millions is played in California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Washington and, of course, New York.

There were 45 third-place winners in New York, for players who hit four of the five numbers plus the Mega ball.

Those tickets are worth $10,000 each.

A total of 2,998 players in New York earned prizes worth $150, while 23,799 hit for $10. Another 70,199 will have to settle for $7, while 135,016 will get $3. A total of 242,151 New York winners hit the Mega ball only - and will get $2.

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