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Mega Millions jackpot now tops a half-billion dollars

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's almost unimaginable. No one picked the six correct numbers in Tuesday's multi-state Mega Millions lottery game, sending the jackpot to $540 million for the Friday drawing. That's a new world record. 

With no jackpot winner in Tuesday's drawing, the jackpot for the Friday, March 30, 2012, drawing has been increased to an estimated $500 million. That's the largest jackpot ever, breaking the old record of $390 million, which was set in the March 6, 2007, Mega Millions drawing.

The cash option for this drawing will be another record-breaking $389.8 million.

This number shatters the record for the largest jackpot ever up for grabs in Kentucky, which prior to this run was a $380 million Mega Millions jackpot in January of last year. The largest win in the Commonwealth came from Powerball, when Rob Anderson of Georgetown won $128.6 million in December 2009.

Players have until 10:44 PM EST Friday night to buy their ticket. The drawing can be watched live on the Kentucky Lottery's website at www.kylottery.com after clicking the "Draw Games" tab and then "Watch The Drawings".

FAST FACTS
• Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday evening.
• Each play costs $1.
• Overall odds of cash prize are 1 in 40.
• Odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,711,536.

In Tuesday's drawing 47 players came very close, matching 5 of the 6 winning numbers. Each of those tickets is worth at least $250,000.

Mega Millions is played in more than 40 states including Kentucky and Indiana, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The winning numbers for the March 27 drawing were: 9, 19, 34, 44 and 51. The Mega Ball was 24.

The odds of picking all the correct numbers is roughly 1 in 176 million.

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