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The Baltimore Sun

The winning numbers for last night's Mega Millions jackpot were 9, 19, 34, 44, 51 and the Mega Ball was 24.

Finished checking your tickets now? No one matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball, so Friday night's drawing will be worth an estimated $500 million. The value of the cash option for Friday's drawing is $359 million. Both prize amounts are records for lottery jackpots in the United States.

The jackpot for Friday's drawing was initially listed at $476 million, with a cash option of $341 million, but both numbers were increased Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday night's drawing was bumped to $363 million, from the original $356 million, due to stronger than expected sales, according to a news release.

Although there were no jackpot winners, 47 people won the $250,000 second prize by matching five numbers without the Mega Ball, including two in Maryland.

There hasn't been a Mega Millions winner since Jan. 24, when a Georgia woman won the jackpot. The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 176 million.

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