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Mega Millions jackpot reaches $425 million

By Associated Press
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:06:05 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 13 2013 01:47:44 PM CST
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DES MOINES, IA -

The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has been boosted to $425 million because of heavy sales.

Paula Otto, the Virginia Lottery's executive director and Mega Millions' lead director, says sales are 40 percent ahead of projections prompting the game to boost the jackpot for Friday night's draw.

A winner choosing the cash option would win $228 million before taxes.

In New York state, tickets are selling at a pace of $500,000 an hour Friday morning. The state's lottery spokeswoman, Christy Calicchia says sales are normally between $60,000 and $70,000 an hour.

The winning ticket must match the six numbers drawn. About 32 percent of the possible combinations of numbers have been sold.

Mega Millions is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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