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Mega Millions Jackpot Surpasses Half a Billion Dollars

Mega Millions Jackpot Surpasses Half a Billion Dollars

A lucky Mega Millions jackpot player could have the best Christmas of their life as there is currently over half a billion dollars up for grabs in tonight’s draw.

A last minute frenzy of ticket buying saw the jackpot grow to $586 million on Monday and lottery officials are saying that they expect another surge in sales before the draw at 11pm ET tonight.

Mega Millions Jackpot Surpasses Half a Billion Dollars

Tonight’s Mega Millions drawing could see one lucky player win over $586 million dollars.

Paula Otto, Virginia’s lottery director said, “We’ve never had a jackpot this high the week before Christmas. You like to see winners and you like to see big jackpots. I leave it in the hands of the bouncing balls.”

Up to 70% of the tickets are normally bought the day of the drawing, which means there is a chance the record jackpot of $656 million which was won in March 2012 could be broken. The jackpot is almost certain to overtake the second largest which currently is $590.5 million won in a May 2013 Powerball game.

If no one does win tonight then the jackpot will keep growing until Friday’s draw. However, if there is a winner tonight and they choose to take the lump sum cash option then they will receive an impressive $316 million.

OCA News Editor

With a background in game development spanning 8 years, Sam Peterson is OCA’s leading authority in the world of online gaming. His focuses include new releases and gaming providers.

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