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Mega Millions jackpot grows to $476 million

March 28, 2012 |  5:30 am

Mega Millions jackpot

The Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated  $476 million after no one won the drawing Tuesday night.

The next drawing will be Friday, and it is likely to be a record-setter.

Six 5/5 ticket winners were from Southern California, lottery officials announced Tuesday night. Three others were in Sacramento, Redding and Mill Valley in Northern California.

The Southern California 5/5 tickets were purchased at Surf Liquor in Santa Monica, Stopper Liquor in Placentia, a 7-11 on Archibold Avenue in Corona, Tommy's Tobacco store in Imperial Beach, a Unocal 76 Station on Valley Boulevard in Fontana and an Arco am/pm on University Parkway in San Bernardino.

The numbers drawn earlier Tuesday night were 9, 19, 34, 44, 51 and the Mega number was 24.

Lottery officials had placed the odds of winning Mega Millions at about 1 in 176 million. The retailer who sells the winning ticket will receive a maximum $1-million bonus.

California's Mega Millions record is a $390-million payout won in March 2007.

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Photo: A Mega Millions ticket. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

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