New Year’s Day Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $425 million

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Yet a $425 million jackpot awaits a lucky NC Mega Millions scratch-off ticket buyer heading into the new year.

The Mega Millions ticket was one of two winning the third-tier prize in the December 28 drawing.

"A new year means new dreams for people in North Carolina", lottery Executive Director Mark Michalko wrote in the release.

The jackpot grew from a $348 million prize after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn last Friday.

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Mega Millions is played in Texas, 43 other states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

It's no secret the odds of winning that $425 million Tuesday night from the Mega Millions drawing are stacked against you.

Unsure of what to do with the extra cash? Maybe you could own a part of the moon.

The last huge Mega Millions jackpot - the 1.6 billion dollars in October was won by someone in SC, but has not yet been claimed.