Mega Millions jackpot rises, as Philly-area tickets win $250K

Steven Ontell (right) of Passiac, N.J., hit for $1 million in Mega Millions on Sept. 6, 2013, after also winning $250,000 and $40,000. With him is Bharat Shah, the retailer who sold the ticket.

While Powerball's $400 million jackpot has been stealing the most media attention, Mega Millions has put together a run of its own.

The Mega Millions jackpot is up to $145 million, its highest prize since May, because no one matched all the numbers drawn Tuesday night. They were: 6, 15, 27, 31 and 39, with a Mega Ball of 25.

A dozen tickets, however, matched the first five numbers, winning at least $250,000.

That's the worth of two tickets sold in the Philadelphia area -- one by Country Farms, 287 York Road, in Warminster, Bucks County, and another by the Wawa at 100 Ponds Edge Drive in  Nottingham, Chester County.

A New Jersey ticket also won $250,000. It was purchased at the Addison Shop, 268 Park Ave., in Rutherford, Bergen County.

New York also sold two second-tier winners, while Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Virginia each had one. If any player also had the Megaplier multiplier option, the prize automatically increases to $1 million.

The next Powerball drawing is tonight, the next Mega Millions drawing on Friday.

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