Mega Millions winning numbers announced for $253 million jackpot

Dina Rudick  Globe Staff  File

It won't make for the flawless Christmas gift, but some lucky lottery player will eventually win a large Powerball jackpot as there was no victor for the $309 million jackpot on Saturday, Dec. 23.

Players pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers - five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25 - or select Easy Pick.

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since October 17 and has rolled 19 times.

The cash option is estimated at $157 million. The current largest MI win was in April 2005, when a Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won $208 million.

Saturday's Powerball drawing will be the 17th since October 25, when a $191.1 million jackpot was won on a ticket sold in Louisiana.

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"For the Power Ball throughout the day we probably sold over 100 tickets and the Mega Millions is the same thing, ' says store manager Scott Sevison". If there is no jackpot victor, the amount grows even larger for the next drawing.

Powerball is held in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The odds of winning the jackpot with a $2 ticket are 1 in 292,201,338. The drawing is at 7:29 p.m. Deadline is 7:08 p.m.

Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11 Atlanta.

For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out the official Michigan Lottery site, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.