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Alice Radio Crew Wins $13K As Mega Millions Jackpot Swells To Half A Billion

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Vinnie Hasson, Sarah Clark and Hooman Khalili celebrate their lottery win after turning in their Mega Millions ticket. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The estimated jackpot for the Friday multi-state Mega Millions lottery drawing has topped half a billion dollars – making it the largest pot in the history of the game.

Nobody matched all six numbers from Tuesday’s draw – 09-19-34-44-51, Mega Ball: 24 – according to the California Lottery. However, staffers at Radio Alice @ 97.3, a sister property of CBS San Francisco, matched five of the six numbers, including the mega – earning them $13,525 from the pot.

The group from the Sarah and Vinnie morning show initially thought that they had won $300,000, but learned that their take would be much smaller.

Hosts Sarah Clark, Vinnie Hasson and crew members Hooman, Icky, Uzette, and Jamie spent more than $200 on tickets Tuesday. Clark purchased the winning ticket in Mill Valley. They turned in their ticket Wednesday afternoon.

LISTEN TO THEIR REACTION:

47 tickets matched five numbers without the mega. Those tickets will each fetch roughly a quarter of a million dollars.

The pot for Friday has now grown to an estimate of $500 million. It will easily be the largest pot in the history of the game, surpassing the $390 million jackpot split in March 2007.

The odds of winning the jackpot were approximately one in 176 million, according to the Mega Millions website.

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