Mega Millions reaches record $476 million jackpot

The winning numbers were 9, 19, 34, 44, 51 and the Mega Ball number was 24.

With hours to go before the drawing, retailers are seeing brisk sales of tickets for the Mega Millions jackpot, which has climbed to at least $363 million. The drawing occurs at 8 p.m. Ticket-holders will be vying for the

The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $363 million, and if a winning number is drawn Tuesday night, the lucky ticketholder will be able to choose a cash option payout of $259.8 million. When the drawing occurs at 8 p.m.,

Nobody won Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing and the jackpot for Friday's drawing is now $476 million.

By Glen Levy | @glenjl | March 27, 2012 | + A man holds a bundle of Mega Millions lottery tickets that he purchased in San Francisco, California. Stories surrounding the lottery seem to be almost as rich in drama as the prize money on offer.