Mega Millions Jackpot Grows to $118 Million

Two tickets with five matching numbers were sold in Southern California.

There were no tickets sold with all six numbers in tonight's drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery and the estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing will grow to $118 million.

Tickets with five numbers, but missing the Mega number were sold at Leonard's Liquor at 630 N. Sepulveda Blvd. in El Segundo and a USA Gasoline station at 13539 Baseline Ave. in Fontana and are each worth $192,007, a California Lottery official announced.

Four other tickets with five numbers, but missing the Mega number were also sold, three in Illinois and one in Maryland and are each worth $250,000. California law requires major payoffs of lottery games to be paid on a pari- mutuel basis.

The numbers drawn tonight were 24, 27, 31, 45, 52 and the Mega number was 38. The estimated jackpot was $102 million.

The drawing was the ninth since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number is 1 in 175,711,536, according to the Mega Millions website. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 40.

The Mega Millions game is played in 42 states, the District of Columbia
and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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