The Mega Millions jackpot has reached a record $476 million after no one matched the winning numbers in Tuesday night's drawing.
The March 27 jackpot was $363 million, but no players matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball to take home the prize. A total of 47 players matched five winning numbers to net a $250,000 payout. None of the winning quarter-million dollar tickets were sold in Georgia. Nationally, 245 players won $10,000 by matching four white balls and the Mega Ball. According to the Georgia Lottery website, eight of the $10,000 winning tickets were sold in Georgia.
The winning numbers for Tuesday's night drawing were 9-19-34-44-51 with a Mega Ball of 24.
The jackpot has now rolled 18 times since Jan. 24.
The next drawing will be held Friday, March 30 at 11 p.m. If someone should match all the winning numbers, he or she will have a choice of two payment options: an annuity option paid out over 26 years or a single cash payment of $341 million.
Mega Millions tickets are $1 each. For an additional $1, players can choose the Megaplier option to multiply prizes. The overall odds of winning any prize are one in 40. The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 175 million.
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Proceeds from Mega Millions and all Georgia Lottery games benefit education in the state of Georgia. Since its inception, the Georgia lottery has provided $13.1 billion to the state in education funding.