The next draw is slated for Friday, December 13 — considered an
unlucky date by some — at 11 p.m. E.T. (0400 GMT Saturday).
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
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.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Dilts and Eric M. Johnson;
Bernard Orr and Lisa Shumaker)
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