The Latest: Awaiting word on a Mega Millions winner


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing (all times local):

10 p.m.

The winning Mega Millions numbers are white balls 29-64-46-53-73 and yellow ball 10.

The consortium of lottery organizations that runs Mega Millions says if any ticket matches all five white balls and the yellow ball Tuesday night it would win a jackpot of an estimated $454 million.

Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and lead director for Mega Millions, said before the drawing that the lottery consortium may not know whether there is a winner until about midnight Central time.

If someone wins it could be the 7th largest jackpot in U.S. history and the largest since a $429.6 million Powerball prize won by a New Jersey family on May 7.

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12 p.m.

The estimated Mega Millions jackpot has risen to $454 million, making it potentially the 7th largest lottery jackpot in the U.S.

The prize increased slightly Tuesday from $449 million previously. The jackpot will be the largest since a $429.6 million Powerball prize won by a New Jersey family May 7. The highest jackpot drawn in the country was a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot won in January by players in three states.

The odds of picking the correct numbers in the Mega Millions game are one in 259 million. For Powerball, the odds are one in roughly 292 million.

The drawing will take place at 10 p.m. Central time Tuesday.

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