Mega Millions lottery at $512 million, fifth largest in history

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FILE – In this July 1, 2016, file photo, Mega Millions lottery tickets rest on a counter at a Pilot travel center near Burlington, N.C. The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has climbed to over $450 million, just hours before the drawing, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

The Mega Millions jackpot has surpassed a half billion dollars ahead of Tuesday night’s drawing. 

 Mega Millions announced Monday the jackpot had increased from $493 million to $512 million dollars. The cash value of the jackpot for Tuesday, 24 July is $303.4 million.

This is the fifth largest jackpot in the game’s history and the 11th largest in U.S. lottery history.

The record Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million was shared by winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland on March 30, 2012. Just behind that is a $648 million pot won in California and Georgia on December 17, 2013.

The third largest prize in the game’s history was won by an Indiana family on July 8, 2016, and that remains the largest jackpot won by a single ticket.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 303 million. 

Players select five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. There are nine prize tiers, ranging from $2 to the jackpot. Tickets are $2. 

“Players are having fun and ticket sales are growing, which is great news for the education programs we fund,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery.  “As always, we remind players to have fun, but play responsibly. It only takes one ticket to win.”

Drawings are held at 10 p.m. CT/11 p.m. ET on Tuesdays and Fridays. Players have until approximately 9:45 p.m. CT/10:45 p.m. ET to purchase a ticket for the big drawing. 

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