ATLANTA -- It's almost unimaginable. No one picked the six correct numbers in Tuesday night's multi-state Mega Millions lottery game. Wednesday morning, officials said the jackpot was raised again, from $476 million to a whopping $500 million.
With the new raise, a single winning ticket would pocket about $19.2 million annually for 26 years under the annuity option, while a single cash option ticket winner would walk away with about $359 million. Both those figures are before taxes.
Tuesday's kitty was $363 million, fed by weeks of drawings without a top winner. The previous top jackpot in the Mega Millions game was $390 million in 2007, split by two winners in New Jersey and Georgia. Marcia Adams of College Park won $72 million in the Jan. 24 drawing.
In Tuesday night's game, 47 players came very close, matching 5 of the 6 winning numbers. Each of those tickets is worth at least $250,000.
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Mega Millions is played in more than 40 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The winning numbers Tuesday night were: Nine, 19, 34, 44 and 51. The Mega Ball was 24.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)