"This is now the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever".
Mega Millions jackpots can quickly reach outsized amounts because each prize begins from an initial $40 million and rolls over, sometimes for weeks and weeks, before anyone claims their winnings.
The jackpot for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing hit $667 million.
"It's so exciting for our players, and all of us, to see the Mega Millions jackpot getting so close to an all-time record level, ' said Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Consortium and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming". "With a little luck, we may still break that record by Tuesday".More news: Mega Millions grows to $548M making it third-largest jackpot in history
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The chance of matching all six numbers is one in 302 million.
The drawing is scheduled to happen at 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Tickets for both games are $2. More than a billion tickets were sold before that single drawing. The next Powerball drawing will be held Wednesday at 10:59 p.m. ET and tickets also must be purchased by 10:00 p.m. that day to be eligible. "Jackpot fever is definitely sweeping the country!"
No one won the drawing Saturday night, so the jackpot is now at an estimated $354 million.