News

Mega Millions up to $400M, 2nd-biggest jackpot ever

Mega Millions up to $400M, 2nd-biggest jackpot ever

BIG MONEY: The Mega Millions jackpot is nearing a record payout. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – The Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated $400 million for the next draw on Friday after no one won the top prize of $344 million on Tuesday evening, lottery organizers said.

The next draw is slated for Friday, Dec. 13 – considered an unlucky date by some – at 11 p.m. Eastern.

If the winner chose to take a cash prize instead of an annuity, it would amount to $216 million, according to the Mega Millions website, megamillions.com.

Tuesday’s top prize had a cash payout option of $184 million, according to the lottery, which is played in a majority of U.S. states. The winning numbers from that drawing were: 5, 12, 22, 41, 65 and 13, Mega Millions said.

No one has won the jackpot in more than two months, pushing the purse steadily higher, although it remains well below the record-setting $656 million won on March 30, 2012.

The next largest prizes in the 17-year history of Mega Millions were worth $390 million and $380 million.

Latest Headlines

yesterday in Local

Wire Fraud Trial Continues In Bangor

GENERIC COURT LARGE

Prosecutors say the wire fraud trial of a Vermont man convicted for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant will take at least one more day in Maine.

yesterday in Local

Officials Say Wildfire Danger High in Inland Maine

GENERIC FIRE LARGE

The Maine Forest Service says the danger of wildfires is high for the inland part of the state - from York County to Piscataquis County.

yesterday in Local

Michaud Calls for Maine to Cut Heating Oil Usage

MICHAUD ANNOUNCE

Maine Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud is calling for the state to cut heating oil usage in half with a plan that involves mandatory energy ratings for new homes and initiatives to promote wind power and solar panels.

yesterday in Local

Maine Shooting Leaves 1 Man Injured

GENERIC CRIME TAPE

Police in Maine say a shooting in Dover-Foxcroft has left one person hospitalized with wounds that do not appear life-threatening.

yesterday in Local

Report: Maine, California Have Top High Schools

GENERIC SCHOOL

U.S. News & World Report says Maine and California are tied for the highest percentage of high schools in the top tier of the magazine's ranking system.