Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $425 Million

CBS Boston

Winning Numbers: 19, 24, 26, 27, 70. Megaball 12

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Superstition didn’t deter players hoping that Friday the 13th would bring them good luck in the recently revamped Mega Millions game, as heavy sales prompted lottery officials to boost the jackpot from $400 million to $425 million.

Paula Otto, the Virginia Lottery’s executive director and Mega Millions’ lead director, said sales were 40 percent ahead of projections, prompting officials to boost the jackpot before the Friday night drawing.

“Won’t it be fun if we have a huge lottery winner on Friday the 13th?” she said. “I always say there are no unlucky numbers in the lottery. I work on the 13th floor of our building. I like 13.”

The estimated $425 million jackpot is the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever, trailing a $656 million jackpot in March 2012, and it is the fifth-largest lottery jackpot in…

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