No one selected the winning combination this past Friday and the lack of a winner has pushed the jackpot higher. At present, the prize for Tuesday, December 17, 2013 stands at $586 million, making it the second largest in history. There hasn’t been a Mega Millions winner now in more than 10 weeks, a record drought for this popular multi- state lottery game.
Without any winners, the lottery jackpot continues to climb and as more people purchase tickets, the jackpot climbs further still. Mega Millions is legal in 43 states and as the top prize package climbs, so do the number of people who purchase tickets. The very large $586 jackpot could grow even larger before tonight’s drawing and if no one wins, it could approach the $1 billion mark by the time of the next drawing on Friday.
The all- time record Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million in March, 2012. The record is bound to fall sooner or later, and it will most assuredly fall if no one wins this evening. People who once swore they would never “waste” money on something so improbable are far more likely to give it a shot when the stakes are large, as experience has proven. And more players equals more sales, which means a larger and larger jackpot prize.
Mega Millions drawings take place twice per week, at 11 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday and Friday. Ticket sales are cut off at 10:45 p.m. on the day of the drawing. The odds of winning are low, but the dollars are huge so if you want to play, visit a retail establishment near you and buy your tickets today!
UPDATE: The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight has now reached $636 million as of 1 p.m. Eastern Time!
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