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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Many hopeful lottery players made sure they bought their tickets before the Friday night cut-off, for a chance to win big.

The winning numbers: 27, 26, 24, 19, 70, Mega Ball: 12.

The Mega Millions jackpot is estimated at $425 million, or $228.2 million if taken as a lump sum.

Lottery officials say the jackpot is the second largest since the game began in 2002. It is the fifth largest lottery jackpot in North American history.

A lot of people come in just for $0 to $20 [worth] or get groups pools, $200 to $300 worth sometimes, said Zack Noller.

Noller, an assistant manager at a QuikTrip in Charlotte anticipates selling nearly three times as many Mega Millions tickets Friday, than any day this week.

On Oct. 4, the jackpot started at $12 million, and has since rolled over 20 times in the last nine weeks.

Lottery officials in North Carolina say 695,000 tickets in North Carolina won prizes totally more than $5.1 million.

Changes were made to the Mega Millions that include larger starting jackpots, a million dollar second prize, a new matrix of 1-75 for the first five numbers and 1-15 for the Mega Ball number.

The chance of winning stands at 1 in 259 million.

All it takes is one number, and I believe I got the winning number, said Gerald Ballard.

Many lotto players vowed, if they should win, they will share the prizes, especially with this being the holidays.

Everybody in my old neighborhood, I'd be Santa to everybody, old and the young, said Cynthia Harris, who says she would be able to get gifts for her four children and 15 grandchildren.

Tom McGahey cashed his winning ticket for another chance to win the Mega Millions.

He said he would donate some of his winnings to a certain women s shelter, his church, all the while setting up college funds for his nieces and nephews.

Still, he knows the odds of winning are not in his favor.

I probably spent $50 to get the $2 win. So this is a dumb bet, guaranteed to be a dumb bet, but for $400 million dollars why not?

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