Mega Millions Lottery Hits $145 million

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    A sole ticket had the right numbers in last night's Mega Millions drawing.

    People who are braving the rain to do some holiday shopping might want to consider one additional purchase -- a lottery ticket.

    The estimated jackpot for the Mega Millions multi-state lottery game is $145 million, which would likely cover most people's holiday bills.

    Friday was the 11th consecutive Mega Millions draw in which nobody correctly picked the five numbers and Mega number to claim the jackpot. Six tickets had five numbers, but missed the Mega number, earning those ticket- holders $250,000 each.

    The last jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Ohio for the Nov. 9 drawing. That game's jackpot was $25 million.

    Tuesday's night's jackpot is the largest since May, when a Pico Rivera couple won $266 million.

    The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number is 1 in 175,711,536, according to the Mega Millions Web site.

    The Mega Millions game is played in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

    California Lottery officials reminded the public that borrowing money to play the lottery, spending above a person's budget or using money intended for other purposes can ultimately lead to significant problems for players and their families.

    MEGA Millions draws occur on Tuesday and Friday nights at 8:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).