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U.S. Mega Millions lottery up to $344 million, fourth biggest in its history

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(Reuters) - The winning numbers have been drawn for the fourth-largest jackpot in the history of the Mega Millions lottery that is played in the majority of U.S. states but it is not yet known if a matching ticket was sold.

The winning numbers from Tuesday night's drawing for a top prize of $344 million were: 5, 12, 22, 41, 65 and 13, Mega Millions said.

No one has won the jackpot in more than two months, pushing the purse steadily higher, although it remains well below the record-setting $656 million won on March 30, 2012.

The next largest prizes in the 17-year history of Mega Millions were worth $390 million and $380 million.

A winner would have the choice of taking the full amount in an annuity or a cash prize of $184 million, according to the game's website at www.megamillions.com.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Dilts and Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Bernard Orr and Lisa Shumaker)

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