No winner; Mega Millions pot grows

Numbers drawn: 17, 31, 34, 45, 51 and the Mega number was 24.
October 14, 2009 1:52:43 PM PDT
There were no tickets sold with all six numbers in Tuesday night's draw of the 12-state Mega Millions lottery and the estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing will grow to $200 million. Ten tickets -- one each sold in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Virginia and two in New Jersey -- had five numbers, but didn't have the Mega number, California Lottery officials announced tonight.

The one sold in California is worth $338,311, while the other nine are each worth $250,000. California law requires major payoffs of lottery games to be paid on a pari-mutuel basis.

The numbers drawn Monday night were 17, 31, 34, 45, 51 and the Mega number was 24. The estimated jackpot was $170 million.

The drawing was the 12th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold. A ticket with all six numbers for the Sept. 1 draw was sold in Georgia and was worth $12 million.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number is 1 in 175,711,536, according to the Mega Millions Web site.

People with gambling problems or knowing individuals with gambling problems are advised to call the Problem Gambling Help Line, (800) Gambler.


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