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.


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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Comments (10)
  1. Akit says:

    This article should be rephrased to say they hit four numbers and the mega for the 13K prize. From reading it, it sounds like they got five and no mega number.

    1. Darwin says:

      You really need to work on reading comprehension. It says, “However, staffers at Radio Alice @ 97.3, a sister property of CBS San Francisco, matched five of the six numbers, INCLUDING THE MEGA…” Now I did change the part about the mega number to all caps so you would not miss it.

  2. D A R E L L says:

    They should spend the money updating their phone system! Last Friday during their 5pm $1,000 giveaway-
    The phone number they were telling listeners to call was DISCONNECTED

    Really??? Hold a contest and tell people to call a bad number!!!


  3. D A R E L L says:

    They should spend their winning on their phone system…last Friday during their $1,000 giveaway at 5pm they were telling listeners to call a disconnected phone number!
    Either that or their phone systems got disconnected…who knows?
    That’s why I’ll never listen to their garbage radio station again!
    ALICE radio- WHAT A JOKE!!!!

  4. SNAFU says:

    That $1,000 “Shop Till You Drop” contest is a National contest number used by hundreds of other radio stations too, but blocked in many areas of California.

    Alice doesn’t tell their listeners that, and they say “keep trying,” or “we’re looking into it,” of which is a LIE!

    It’s a National Contest, with blocked areas of calling. What a rip off Alice.

    Hey Alice, tell your loyal listeners the truth!!

    1. D A R E L L says:

      I heard the stupid Disc Jockey saying “Keep Calling”
      Guess the Joke is on the Alice listeners!

      Here’s the TRUTH…
      ALICE Radio sucks!

  5. Live 2 Surf says:

    The Sarah & Vinnie show are the only reason to listen to Alice. The rest of the day they play mostly Adele songs. If you look at their daily playlist, 2 out of 5 songs is Adele.


    Vinnie is a surfer, and I surf, plus he’s overcome his addiction which is great! See ya on the waves Vinnie, but don’t snake me.

    Sarah, well, she’s already wealthy, but works hard and appreciates life and those around her.

    Hooman, ya’ gotta love this guy. He’s so funny what with all the ribbing he takes. And I hope his movie venture “Olive” takes off.

    Icky, enough of the tattoos, and slow down on the booze my friend, that’s where the GI issues are from.

    Uzette, you’ve got a great future because of your looks and intelligence, but slow down on the forced laughing please.

    And lastly Jamie, new Mom. WOW! Nothing else to say about her.

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