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Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $550M after no big winner

Mega Millions lotto ticket

December 14, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $550 million after nobody matched all six numbers in Friday's drawing.

The new jackpot, the fourth-biggest ever, is up for grabs at the next drawing, which is set for Tuesday.

Friday's numbers were: 19-24-26-27-70, Mega Ball 12.

Lottery officials say they expect the amount to rise even higher before Tuesday's drawing, potentially reaching a billion dollars.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever claimed was $656 million in March 2012.

A change in the Mega Millions rules in October, which aimed at growing bigger jackpots faster, decreased the odds of a person winning the top prize to about 1 in 259,000,000.

Mega Millions is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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