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December 17, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
In March 2012, Merle and Patricia Butler bought their winning Mega Millions ticket at the Moto Mart in Red Bud, Ill. The game had its highest jackpot in history - $656 million - and as one of three winning ticket holders, the Butlers took home a lump-sum prize of $158 million. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, a drawing is scheduled for what is expected to be Mega Millions' second-highest jackpot: $636 million. [Updated, 8:11 p.m. Dec. 17: The winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and the mega, 7, the Associated Press reported.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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