Dec 10, 2008, 9:35 am
The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game is growing even larger — the largest jackpot in nine months — and players nationwide are all trying to be the one that claims it all.
More than 1.4 million tickets sold for the Tuesday, December 9 drawing won a prize. Since no ticket matched all five lotto numbers plus the Gold Mega Ball to win the jackpot, the jackpot chase continues for the Friday, December 12, 2008 drawing, which will have an estimated jackpot of $207 million.
The winning numbers in Friday's drawing were: 11, 12, 26, 31, 33 and the Mega Ball number was 27. The lottery results video is available at USA Mega.
The Texas Megaplier was 2.
Even though no one matched all six numbers and won the jackpot on Tuesday, there were several lottery players who came within striking distance of winning the jackpot. A total of 18 tickets matched the first five numbers and only missed the Mega Ball number.
Those second-place tickets were sold in California (4), Georgia (1), Michigan (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), Ohio (4), Texas (2), Virginia (1), and Washington (1). 14 of the 18 tickets will receive prizes of $250,000, but the 4 second-place tickets sold in California will receive $91,873 each.
Also, a total of 89 Mega Millions players area eligible to redeem the 3rd-prize of $10,000 for matching four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball. However, 2 of those winners, from California, will receive $50,112 each.
Friday's jackpot has been growing since October 21, when Mega Millions had its most recent jackpot winner. The jackpot has now rolled 14 times without a winner.
Mega Millions is played in 12 states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
The Mega Millions Lottery drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday night's at 11PM Eastern Time and the winning numbers are available within minutes at Lottery Post, USA Mega (www.usamega.com), or on local TV stations in each Mega Millions market.
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