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Reuters, Published December 13 2013

Winning numbers: Huge Mega Millions jackpot prompts rush of hopefuls

A U.S. Mega Millions jackpot estimated at $425 million prompted a rush of ticket-buying ahead of the announcement of the winning numbers, defying superstitions that Friday the 13th only brings bad luck.

The winning numbers from Friday's drawing were: 19, 24, 26, 27, 70 and 12, according to the lottery's website, Megamillions.com.

To win the jackpot one ticket must match all six numbers in the drawing.

The lottery prize that may be snagged on what some consider an unlucky date will amount to $228 million if the winner chooses to take it in a lump sum rather than in 30 annual payments.

Sam Tomanelli was buying a ticket at a corner grocery store on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The 57-year-old chef at Barnard College said he would share his winnings with friends, family and his church.

"You can't take it with you, you know?" he said.

Another ticket buyer, Pim Keo, had visions of a new home, investments and gifts to relatives.

"I have a lot of family," the 47-year-old restaurant cashier said. "Some of them pretend like they don't know me now, but they'd definitely know me after that."

On Manhattan's Upper East Side, Remigio Raicovich, 78, stood in line to buy a ticket for the game he has played twice a week, every week for the last five years.

"Who knows, maybe once I'll get it right," Raicovich said.

No one has won the jackpot in more than two months, pushing the purse steadily higher, although it remains well below the record-setting $656 million won on March 30, 2012.

The next-largest prizes in the 17-year history of Mega Millions were worth $390 million and $380 million.