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December 17, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A California Mega Millions winning ticket was purchased in San Jose and matched all six numbers in the lucrative jackpot, lottery officials announced Tuesday night. Officials with the California Lottery said a person in the Bay Area was confirmed as a winner. It was unclear whether winning tickets were bought in other states in the $636-million jackpot. "I know we got a winner in California," lottery spokesman Alex Traverso told CNN news. "Somebody's going to put a lot of money in their bank account real soon.
December 17, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
James Kim, owner of Hawthorne's Bluebird Liquor, says he hopes he sells the winning ticket for the upcoming Mega Millions drawing, worth $636 million or more He may get his wish: His store has developed a reputation as "lucky" after producing multiple lottery jackpot winners of more than $1 million. “The line is very, very long.” Kim said Tuesday. “It's getting crazy now.” Lottery players have been rubbing the bluebird statue inside the store all day for good luck, he said.  “So many times we're missing one number,” he said.
December 16, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Marcos Rodriguez does not play the lottery often, but he found himself inside an East Hollywood 7-Eleven on Monday filling in the bubbles of a Mega Millions ticket.  "Just when the money's high up," said the 26-year-old. At $586 million, the Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday's drawing is now the second-largest in the game's history. The cash payout as of Monday morning was $316 million. The all-time record jackpot was a $656 million prize in March 2012 that was shared by winning ticket holders in three states.
December 16, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The estimated jackpot for Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing has reached $550 million, making it the second-largest prize for the game and the fourth-largest overall in the United States. The $550 million prize has a cash payout option of $295 million. The highest jackpot, shared by winning ticket holders in three states, was $656 million in March 2012. The odds of winning the jackpot used to be 1 in 176 million, but as of Oct. 22 the odds changed to 1 in 259 million. Players had been able to pick six numbers 1 through 56; now it's 1 through 75 and the Mega numbers have decreased from 46 to 15. The game is played in 43 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
December 16, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
The Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday: $586 million. The odds of winning: 1 in 259 million. Sounds good; count me in. Yes, lottery fever is sweeping the nation - or at least that part of the nation that takes part in the Mega Millions game (the game is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wouldn't want to leave the Virgins out, right?). Somehow, I can't help but think that if the Obama administration had modeled the roll-out of Obamacare after the lottery, everyone in the country would've signed up by now - many more than once.
December 14, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Friday the 13th meant no luck for the countless people across the nation who bought tickets for the Mega Millions jackpot. The $425-million prize went unclaimed  and has now grown to $550 million, the fourth-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history. The winning numbers on Friday were: 19 24 26 27 70. Mega Ball number: 12. Still, nine people won $1 million each for matching up the first five numbers, according to the Mega Millions website Saturday. Thus far, the highest Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million in March 2012, with three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.
December 13, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Mega Millions could bestow its second-largest payout in jackpot history Friday after swelling to $425 million, lottery officials said. Ticket sales for the jackpot have surged across the nation since Wednesday to generate a possible $60 million to $90 million in sales before winning numbers are announced at 8 p.m. PST, said Alex Traverso, a spokesman for the California Lottery. Mega Millions is offered in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The largest jackpot so far this year went to a family in Maryland who won $189 million in October.
December 12, 2013 | David Lazarus
There's at least $400 million on the line in Friday night's Mega Millions lottery drawing, which has produced the usual heavy breathing over the prospect of big money. But Andre Evangelista's chances - and yours - of winning are worse than ever. "It's completely unfair," Cypress resident Evangelista, a frequent lottery player, told me. "They're making it harder to win so the jackpots get bigger and more people play. " Personally, I think that regularly buying lottery tickets makes as much financial sense as hoping you'll trip over a bar of gold on your way to work.
May 18, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The Powerball lottery game's jackpot has swelled to $600 million ahead of Saturday night's draw. That number is expected to grow as more people play throughout the day. It's the biggest jackpot since California entered the multistate game last month. “California joined and all of a sudden everyone's luck ran out,” California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso joked. Traverso said officials expected about $10 million in California ticket sales Friday. On the Friday of a record-setting Mega Millions draw, he said tickets sold at a pace of $5 million worth per hour in California.
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