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Mega Millions drawing could deliver the biggest Christmas lottery gift ever

By Peter Szekely

(Reuters) – Americans who have added Mega Million tickets to their shopping lists are trying to win more than $ 300 million in the draw on Tuesday, the biggest Christmas Jackpot ever in the history of the multi-state lottery.

The lucky numbers are 2, 8, 42, 43, 50 and Megaball 6.

The grand prize has grown to $ 321 million after nine weeks without a winner. Coupled with a $ 294 million Powerball jackpot won on Wednesday, the holiday week saw more than $ 600 million in prizes.

No tickets were announced immediately.

The televised Mega Millions raffle, only the fifth ever at Christmas The day took place at 23.00 Eastern Time (0400 GMT Wednesday), with a machine that selects six numbered balls, including the "Mega Ball" [19659007] So far, there have been no winners of the Christmas prize, Mega Millions said.

The pot, based on a 29-year payout, is drawn from sales in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands.

The immediate present value of the prize that winners can win is $ 193.7 million, Mega Millions said.

While the odds of reaching the jackpot are one in 302.6 million, the odds are to turn a $ 2 Mega Millions ticket into a winner of any kind, including a $ 2 prize, simply because "Mega-Ball" is one of 24.

The largest $ 1.537 billion Mega Millions prize went to a single ticket holder on October 23. The ticket was given to someone in South Carolina Forward, Mega Millions said.

This winning ticket just missed the US record, a $ 1,586 billion Powerball Grand Prix 2016.

(Peter Szekely's report in New York, additional coverage by Rich McKay in Atlanta, edited by Leslie Adler and Darren Schuettler)

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