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Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $640 million on Friday after no tickets match Tuesday’s winning numbers


NEW YORK — Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is set to soar to $640 million, after no tickets matched the six winning numbers in Tuesday’s draw, the lottery said.

“This is by far the biggest Mega Millions prize ever offered in the last week of every year, and it could give someone a really good New Year’s Eve,” the lottery said in a statement Wednesday morning.

The cash prize option for Friday’s draw is expected to top $328 million, the lottery said.

Tuesday’s winning numbers were 9, 13, 36, 59 and 61. The megaball was 11 and the megaplier was 2.

Players also fell short of the top prize on Friday, pushing the jackpot from around $510 million to $565 million, the second-biggest Mega Millions jackpot this year. Tuesday’s cash prize option was $289.8 million.

In July, the jackpot topped the $1 billion mark for only the third time in the 20-year history of Mega Millions.

The historic $1.34 billion prize was won by an anonymous ticket owner in Des Plaines, Illinois.

The last winning ticket for a Mega Millions jackpot was October 14th. Two ticket winners split a $502 million prize.

Only six Mega Millions jackpots have been won this year. The winning tickets were in California, Florida, New York, Minnesota, Illinois and Tennessee.

Keith Harden of ABC News contributed to this report.

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