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4 Arizona tickets just miss Mega Millions jackpot, which nears $1 billion

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PHOENIX — Four Arizona Mega Millions tickets just missed out on the victory of a lifetime as the jackpot prize grows to nearly $1 billion ahead of the next drawing.

The tickets purchased in the Valley were one number away from winning the whole pot in Tuesday evening’s drawing.

By matching four out of five numbers (10, 19, 26, 28, 50) plus the Mega Ball (16), the tickets are each worth $10,000.

The tickets were sold at as Super Plus Chevron in Mesa, a Circle K in Mesa, a Safeway in Scottsdale and a Fry’s in Queen Creek.

The next Mega Millions — held Friday — will carry a jackpot of $930 million.

Before that, a $730 million jackpot for the Powerball will be held Wednesday evening.

It’s the first time both lottery jackpots have topped $700 million. The biggest prize was a $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot won by three people in 2016.

No one has won either of the jackpots since mid-September, allowing the prizes to grow steadily for months.

Such a long stretch without a winner is rare but also reflects the incredibly small odds of winning — one in 292.2 million for Powerball and one in 302.5 million for Mega Millions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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