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Mega Millions jackpot grows to $586; may become largest ever

Tuesday, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot grew to an astounding $586 million and could become the largest jackpot ever depending on ticket sales Tuesday or if the winning numbers are not chosen tonight; the drawing will be held Tuesday night at 11 p.m. EST. The news has created a buzz Tuesday.

According to the Chicago Tribune, lottery officials said that sometimes 70 percent of lottery tickets are purchased on the day of the drawing. If ticket sales are as strong today as they have been over the last few days, then tonight’s jackpot might be the largest ever. If the winning numbers are chosen and the winner chooses the lump sum option, then the jackpot prize would be $316 million.

This jackpot has been increasing since October 1 as the winning numbers have not been chosen.

The largest jackpot so far was in March 2012 when three winners split the $656 million prize; those Mega Millions tickets were sold in Kansas, Maryland and Illinois.

In May of 2013, the Powerball jackpot hit $590.5 million and one ticket holder won it all; this was the second largest jackpot.

The Mega Millions lottery is played in 43 states, in Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Every Tuesday and Friday night the Mega Millions drawings are held at 11 p.m.

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