Mega Millions jackpot swells to $508 million
The Mega Millions jackpot has grown for the 34th straight time as no one matched all five numbers and the Mega ball in Tuesday night's drawing.
Tuesday's winning numbers were 9, 46, 53, 64 and 73, plus the Mega Ball 10. The jackpot for the next drawing on Friday is $508 million with a cash value of $357 million, the third-highest jackpot ever offered by the game.
The record Mega Millions jackpot is $656 million in 2012 shared between three tickets. Just behind that is the $648 million jackpot split by two winners on Dec.17, 2013. It would also be the seventh-largest lottery jackpot ever offered in the United States.
There was a ticket sold in New Jersey for Tuesday's drawing matching 5 numbers, the seventh million-dollar ticket sold here since March.
Mega Millions said 7.3 million tickets were sold nationwide for Tuesday's drawing. New Jersey Lottery executive director Carole Hedinger said brisk sales in the 46 states where the tickets are sold increased the jackpot to an annuity value of $454 million on Tuesday afternoon.
Mega Millions also warned of scams that pop up when lottery jackpots reach record levels.
"There are no such things as the 'United States National Lottery' or the 'Mega Millions Mobile Lottery' or the 'Mega Millions Corporation' or the 'Mega Millions International Lottery.' These are all attempts to look legitimate in order to scam people out of their money," the game warned in a statement. "If you didn’t buy an actual Mega Millions ticket, you haven’t won Mega Millions. You can’t win a legitimate lottery if you didn’t buy a ticket."
The Powerball offers a second chance at a large, albeit smaller, jackpot on Wednesday with an annuity value of $257 million ($179.7 million cash).