Mega Millions Jackpot: Close To Half A Billion

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Mega Millions, the latest popular lotto game, is certainly living up to its name recently.

The drawing last night, worth $363 million for six numbers, didn't produce a single winner--although almost 50 people came close with five of the correct numbers. Each of those winners claimed $250,000, which is nothing to sneeze at...but coming so close to that huge jackpot had to sting.

Because no one had all the numbers, the jackpot is now a mind-bending $476 million, which is a new record. The last and biggest jackpot was in 2007 at $390 million, which was won by two players in different states.

With so many people struggling in today's economy--and gas prices steadily climbing--it's not hard to see why so many people are taking their chances at the lotto. Even though the odds of winning are staggering, the dream of an enormous, almost hard-to-fathom jackpot is too much to pass up.

The winning numbers in last night's drawing were 9,19, 34, 44 and 51, with a Mega Ball of 24.

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Amanda Crum
Amanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum