Mega Millions jackpot nears record

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DES MOINES, Iowa After almost three months without a victor, the Mega Millions lottery game has climbed to an estimated $654 million jackpot.

The Mega Millions jackpot is now $654 million, making it the second-biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever.

Mega Millions Lottery forms are pictured at Ted's State Line Mobil in Methuen, Mass., July 24, 2018.

The estimated $654 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years. According to a release from Mega Millions, the last Mega Millions jackpot was won July 24, netting 11 co-workers a combined $543 million.

The estimated prize is just shy of the all-time game record of $656 million set in 2012.

Wednesday night's Powerball drawing will be the 19th since the jackpot was last hit August 11, when a $245.6 million jackpot was won on a ticket sold in NY.

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"With a little luck, we may still break that record by Tuesday", said Medenica, who is also the director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

The odds of winning Tuesday's drawing is more than 302 million to one.

Tickets for both games are $2.

Virginia Lottery says it expects to sell more than 1.1 million tickets on Tuesday for that day's drawing.

Fifty-five tickets matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball for the $10,000 third prize; seven of those are actually worth $30,000 each because they included the multiplier.

Some lucky Powerball players won in Mt. Juliet and Memphis, totaling $150,000 and $50,000 respectively from last night's drawing. "Jackpot fever is definitely sweeping the country!"

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