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No Jackpot Winner in Mega Millions Drawing, New Mega Millions Jackpot $343 Million

No winner last night in Mega Millions drawing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The first Mega Millions drawing of the New Year will be a big one, as the jackpot continues to climb.

No ticket won all six numbers in Friday night's drawing for a $306 million jackpot.

Friday night's Mega Millions numbers are:

4-10-18-28-62, Mega Ball: 7, Megaplier: 2

The next drawing is Tuesday for an estimated jackpot of $343 million.

Right now, both the Mega Millions and Powerball drawing have a combined jackpot of $700 million. Saturday's Powerball drawing is for $384 million.

QUICK MEGA MILLIONS FACTS:

Current jackpot at $306 million; cash option of $191 million

Jackpots start at $40 million

Overall odds of winning the jackpot 1:305,575,350

Drawings are at 10 p.m. (CT) every Tuesday and Friday

Wednesday's Powerball numbers were:

3 - 9 - 16 - 56 - 60 Powerball: 3 Powerplay: 3x

No winning tickets were sold for Wednesday's Powerball drawing, which means the jackpot rolled to an estimated $384 million, which amounts to nearly $240 million with the cash option.

QUICK POWERBALL FACTS

Current jackpot at $384 million; cash option of $239.7 million

Jackpots start at $40 million

Overall odds of winning the jackpot 1:292,201,338

Drawings are at 9:59 p.m. (CT) every Wednesday and Saturday

The Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries currently have a combined jackpot of $690 million.

The record Mega Millions jackpot is $656 million - three tickets shared that jackpot on March 30, 2012. Just behind that is the $648 million jackpot split by two winners on December 17, 2013.

With slightly better odds than the Powerball game, it's rare that months pass without someone winning a Mega Millions jackpot.

There are several factors for the lack of a winner, including fewer players.

The odds of picking the correct numbers on five white balls and one yellow ball in the Mega Millions game are one in 259 million. For Powerball, it's one in roughly 292 million. Revamps to the country's two big lottery games in recent years decreased the odds of picking all the numbers needed for the top prize, though officials point out it has increased the number of winners who score smaller prizes that range from $1 million to $5 million, depending on the game.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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