Mega tops a billion

$1.25 billion up for grabs in Friday drawing

The Mega Millions jackpot swelled to an estimated $1.25 billion for Friday night's drawing after nobody matched all six numbers in Tuesday night's drawing.

Tuesday night the numbers 8, 24, 30, 45, and 61 were drawn with the Mega Ball coming in at 12 and the Megaplier at 4.

One person in Pennsylvania won $5 million Tuesday night by matching the first five numbers with the Megaplier. Four others won $1 million each by picking the five correct numbers with no Megaplier.

The game, then called 'The Big Game', began in 1996 with Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia a...

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