Friday the 13th proves to be unlucky; Mega Millions soars to $550 million


No one was lucky on Friday, December 13.

One of the largest jackpots in U.S. lottery history climbed even higher after no tickets sold matched all six winning numbers for the $425 million jackpot.

Mega Millions officials raised the amount to $550 million for the next drawing, which is scheduled for 11 p.m., Tuesday but with ticket sales expected to rise, the jackpot could exceed $550 million. The jackpot is the second largest pot in the 17 year game history and the fourth-biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

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

Although no one hit the grand prize, nine lucky winners are $1 million richer after matching the first five numbers. Those tickets were sold in Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey and two each in Florida, Michigan and New York, according to lottery officials.

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