"The Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated $400 million after no one won the top prize of $344 million" last night, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, Reuters reports. A $400 million jackpot would be the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever, the story says.
So it could be a very lucky Friday the 13th — in the year 2013 — for someone, as that is the date of the next Mega Millions drawing.
The biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever won was $656 million on March 20, 2012, the story notes, adding, "The next largest prizes in the 17-year history of Mega Millions were worth $390 million and $380 million."
On another lottery note, in a Reuters story of Nov. 22, 2013, the wire service said that a Powerball lottery ticket that was bought in Tampa, Fla., had expired with no one stepping forward with the winning ticket. The unclaimed prize: $16.6 million.
And stick this in your woulda, coulda, shoulda file: That same story says: "This is not the first time a Powerball jackpot went unclaimed. In 2011, a $77.1 million prize expired after a winning ticket holder in Georgia never came forward."
Let’s keep those lottery tickets we buy in a safe place and remember where. Come on, let’s be careful out there, people.