March 31, 2018 / 5:59 AM / 19 days ago

UPDATE 1-Mega Millions jackpot tops $500 mln for only fourth time

(Updates with winning numbers)

March 30 (Reuters) - The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery climbed to $521 million, but no winner was immediately announced early on Saturday for a pot that surpassed the half-billion-dollar mark for the fourth time in the game’s history, the lottery said.

The winning numbers drawn on Friday night were 11, 28, 31, 46, and 59 with a “mega Ball” of 1.

The drawing follows a March 27 Mega Millions drawing that was the twenty-third in a row without a jackpot-winning ticket.

The grand prize has rolled higher since it was last won on Jan. 5 at $451 million by a 20-year-old Florida man, the lottery said.

Friday’s 11 pm ET (0300 GMT) jackpot drawing was for the tenth largest prize ever offered in the United States. Powerball holds the record with a $1.586 billion payout in 2016.

The Mega Millions record is $656 million won in 2012. (Reporting By Andrew Hay; Additional reporting by Rich McKay; Editing by Michael Perry and Tom Hogue)

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