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No Winner for $321M Mega Millions Christmas Jackpot, Next Drawing Friday

The game's next and final drawing of the year will be on Friday Dec. 28



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    Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing yielded no winners, meaning players lost out on the largest Christmas Day jackpot ever offered in the game's history.

    The winning numbers were: 8, 42, 50, 43 and 2, and the Mega Ball was 6.

    Mega Millions said Wednesday that the Christmas Day drawing produced no winners and that the next drawing will be held Friday night. That jackpot is an estimated $348 million. 

    With no winners in last Friday's drawing, the jackpot climbed to an estimated $321 million. The jackpot refers to the annuity option, in which payments are made over 29 years. Most winners opt for the cash option, which would be $193.7 million.

    Lottery officials said since the game began in 2002, drawings have landed on Dec. 25 just four times, the last time being in 2015. And while a Christmas Day drawing has not yet produced a jackpot winner, seven Mega Millions jackpots have been won in the drawings held days before and after Christmas, including the third largest jackpot in the history of the game – $648 million – on December 17, 2013.

    The chance of matching all six numbers and winning the top prize is 1 in 302.5 million.

    Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The next drawing will be held Friday, Dec. 28, at 11 p.m. ET.

    The last jackpot was won on Oct. 23, when a single ticket in South Carolina matched all six numbers. That winner has not yet come forward.