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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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December 17, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Imagine what a buck could do! Millions considered the Lottery's motto Tuesday as they waited for the Mega Millions drawing with a jackpot of about $636 million. Many lined up outside stores to buy what they hoped would be the winning ticket. California Lottery officials say the prize could grow even more because of last-minute ticket buyers who hope to beat 7:45 p.m. deadline.  And all day, millions have been pondering what they would do if they won. Among them is Michael Phan.  “I'm going to pay off my debt and all my parents' debt,” he said.  The 33-year-old resident of La Mirada said he also plans to start a college fund for his  10-month-old daughter, Mikayla.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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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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