ATLANTA -- It's almost unimaginable. No one picked the six correct numbers in last night's multi-state Mega Millions lottery game, sending the jackpot to $500 million for the Friday drawing. That's a new record.
Last night's kitty was 363 million, fed by weeks of drawings without a top winner. The previous top jackpot in the Mega Millions game was $390 million in 2007, split by two winners in New Jersey and Georgia.
In last night's game, 47 players came very close, matching 5 of the 6 winning numbers. Each of those tickets is worth at least 250 thousand dollars.
Mega Millions is played in more than 40 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The winning numbers last night were: Nine, 19, 34, 44 and 51. The Mega Ball was 24.