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Mega Millions approaches record territory with $654 million jackpot

Posted: 12:20 AM, Oct 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-15 10:18:23Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After nobody won the most recent Mega Millions drawing, the jackpot prize for Tuesday is expected to approach record territory .

No ticket sold for Friday’s drawing matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball, so the jackpot will reach an estimated $654 million ($372.6 million cash) on Tuesday.

The Mega Millions jackpot record is a $656 million prize on March 30, 2012.

The jackpot has been growing since July 24, when a California office pool of 11 people won a $543 million prize, according to a Mega Millions statement.

That was the largest prize ever won on a single ticket.

“It’s so exciting for our players, and all of us, to see the Mega Millions jackpot getting so close to an all-time record level,” Lead Director of the Mega Millions Consortium and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming Gordon Medenica said. “With a little luck, we may still break that record by Tuesday”

The Powerball jackpot Saturday night was an estimated $314 million, a sizable sum in its own right.

“Jackpot fever is definitely sweeping the country,” Medenica said.