(Missouri) – The Mega Millions jackpot reached a record $500 million — pre-tax — after no one picked all six numbers correctly Tuesday night. The jackpot had been at $476 million soon after the drawing, and by Wednesday morning had grown by $24 million.
The next drawing is this Friday, and any winner would be able to take that amount over time or an immediate cash payout of $359 million.
The new jackpot is $110 million more than the previous record set in March 2007.
Tuesday’s winning numbers were: 9 – 19 – 34 – 44 – 51, with the mega number 24.
Five of the six winning numbers were picked by 47 players, who each won $250,000.
The $1 lottery tickets are sold in 42 states plus Washington, D.C. The odds of winning are estimated at one in nearly 176 million.