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Mega Millions Jackpot Jumps To $586 Million

Reported by: Send eMail Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 16, 2013 11:10 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 16, 2013 2:54 PM EST

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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

The numbers continue to climb.

Lottery officials said the estimated jackpot for the Mega Millions drawing Tuesday night has jumped to $586 million.

The pace of the sale of tickets has cash registers jingling, and lottery officials believe the jackpot could surpass last year's record $656 million.




If $400 million and $425 million did not grab your attention, the amount of this jackpot just might have you reaching into your wallet for a few tickets.

The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at $550 million,and lottery officials said it could go even higher, surpassing last year's record $656 million jackpot.

No one won the $425 million prize on Friday night. And officials Saturday raised the amount to $550 million for Tuesday's drawing, the fourth-largest in U.S. history.

The game's lead director Paula Otto said Sunday that ticket sales were up by as much as 20 percent in states that reported their weekend numbers. Sales are expected to spike Tuesday.

Otto says lottery officials are in uncharted territory because there's never been such a large jackpot in December, when tickets sales typically peak. It's too early to know whether the jackpot will reach a record, but Otto said she expects it will come close.

To have a shot at this jackpot, tickets must be purchased by 9:59 p.m. Tuesday. Drawings for the game are every Tuesday and Friday.

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