Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

The Mega Millions lotto logo. Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game run by a consortium of the following twelve states: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Washington and California. / None

Will Friday the 13th be lucky for Mega Millions hopefuls?

After failing to hit a winner since Oct. 1, Friday's lottery drawing jackpot has swollen to $400 million, the second-largest in Mega Millions' history and the fifth-largest jackpot ever. Depending on ticket sales, lottery officials could hike the jackpot to $425 million or more Thursday.

While the odds of winning are just 1 in 259 million, ticket sales are surging ahead of the 11 p.m. drawing for what could be the ultimate Christmas stocking stuffer, worth a lump sum, post-tax $144.9 million.

In Oregon, state lottery spokesman Chuck Baumann said weekly sales ahead of Tuesday night's drawing were up 380% over year ago levels. And that's when the jackpot was at $344 million.

"When you start getting into these nine-digit jackpots, people start taking notice,'' Baumann says. "As a rule, things will really take off the day of the drawing.''

A record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot was split between three ticket winners in March 2012. Powerball's all-time jackpot, worth $590.5 million, was won in May by Floridian Gloria MacKenzie.

Among the top 20 biggest jackpots, just two have been hit during the holiday season; a $587.5 million Powerball on Nov. 28, 2012 and a $315 million Powerball on Christmas Day in 2002.

Powerball's jackpot was up to $122 million ahead of Wednesday night's drawing.



Copyright 2014 USATODAY.com

Read the original story: The ultimate holiday stocking stuffer: $400 million Mega Millions payout

More In

test

Real Deals

Flip, shop and save on specials from your favorite retailers in central Ohio.

GET DEALS | COUPONS

Things To Do

WED
16
THU
17
FRI
18
SAT
19
SUN
20
MON
21
TUE
22

CLASSIFIEDS

Classifieds from across Central Ohio
Lancaster
Chillicothe
Newark
Marion
Bucyrus
Mansfield
Zanesville
Coshocton

Weeklies & Shoppers

10TV Headlines

Dispatch Headlines

METROMIX