No Winning Mega Millions Ticket; Jackpot Climbs To $900 Million

Mega Millions lottery tickets are seen in a file

A record jackpot of $667 million was at stake on Tuesday night in the Mega Millions drawing.

If someone picks the winning six numbers, they can either claim the jackpot in 30 payments over 30 years - the so-called annuity option - or take a reduced amount in a lump sum. The numbers for Tuesday night's estimated $667 million grand prize were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 and Mega Ball 9.

The Mega Millions lottery game has really earned its name.

The estimated $868 million jackpot for that drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in US history.

Nine tickets won the lottery's second prize of $1 million by matching all the numbers except the Mega Ball number, according to Mega Millions.

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It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the jackpot aren't good. There was no victor in Tuesday's multi-state lottery drawing. That jackpot now stands at $345 million, with the cash option at $199 million.

In New Jersey, seven tickets were sold that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball drawn winning the $10,000 third-tier prize.

The last MI player to win a Mega Millions jackpot was Kevin Blake, of Waterford. The increase reflects a surge in ticket sales.

The Commonwealth's only Powerball jackpot winners hit a $217 million pot in 2013.

Lottery officials urge players to check their tickets. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in US history.

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