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Mega Millions Jackpot Expected To Top $500 Million

Friday the 13th didn't produce a jackpot winner in the Mega Millions drawing, so the estimated jackpot of $425 million keeps swelling to a new estimate that tops half a billion dollars for Tuesday's drawing.

The game has now rolled over 21 times without a winner. The numbers drawn Friday are: 19-24-26-27-70, Mega Ball: 12.

The jackpot is the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever, trailing a $656 million jackpot in March 2012, and it is the fifth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

The Mega Millions underwent a major game revamp in October in an effort to grow bigger jackpots in a shorter amount of time. But it also decreased the odds of a person winning the top prize to about 1 in 259 million. It was previously about 1 in 176 million, nearly the same odds as winning the Powerball jackpot.

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