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December 17, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A flurry of last-minute ticket buying pushed the Mega Millions jackpot to $636 million Tuesday, putting it just shy of the all-time record, lottery officials said. With the majority of Mega Millions tickets typically purchased the day of the drawing, lottery officials had expected a surge of activity. That frenzy now has the Tuesday drawing within striking distance of the record $656 million haul set in March 2012. The cash payout option now stands at $341 million. Paula Otto, Virginia's lottery director, who heads the multi-state Mega Millions game, told CBS that if no one wins Tuesday -- a 1 in 259 million chance -- the jackpot could very well pass the $1-billion mark by Christmas Eve. “We had predicted last week that if we are still on the same roll on  Christmas  Eve," she said, "we'll definitely be over a billion.” At Dick's Liquor in Koreatown, clerk Jose Bachez said many of his customers had caught the Mega Millions fever.
December 17, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The San Jose store owner where a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was sold said Tuesday night that he just took over the business four months ago and is now looking at getting a portion of the $636-million jackpot. The winning ticket -- with numbers 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and a Mega number of 7 -- was sold at Jenny's Gift Shop, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News that cited a California Lottery spokesman. Store owner Thuy Nguyen said he was called by lottery officials, who told him a winning ticket had been purchased at his business.
December 16, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
The Mega Millions jackpot hit $586 million Monday morning, putting it within closer range of the all-time record. The jackpot had been at $550 million earlier in the morning, but was revised upward as more people in the multi-state lottery rushed to buy their tickets. The cash payout was also revised upward, from $295 million to $316 million. “The dream of winning is fun … you know, until you don't match any of the numbers,” Phill Kaplan, 30, of Denver  told the Los Angeles Times.
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 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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