Mega Millions Jackpot Rolls to $344M for Tuesday

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013  |  Updated 11:36 AM CDT
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    Update: Five $1M tickets sold, but no jackpot winner in Tuesday drawing

    The Mega Millions jackpot rose to an estimated $344 million after a two-week winless streak was extended Friday night.

    The extension came after no one won Friday night’s $297 million top prize.

    The biggest jackpot in American history was $656 million, divided among three winners last year in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland, according to NBC News. That was a Mega Millions win, which is also played in 43 states.

    The game revised its drawings in October to increase the number of prize winners among those who purchase the $1 tickets.

    The minimum jackpot for Mega Millions went from $12 million to $15 million, and will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing if nobody matches the numbers.

    Under the new system, the number of white balls increased from 56 to 75, and the number of gold balls will decrease from 46 to 15. The changes mean the new overall odds of winning a prize are one in 15.

    The drawing for the $344 million top prize takes place Tuesday at 10 p.m. If a winner claims the top prize, they will have the option of taking home a cash prize of $184 million, according to the Illinois Lottery.
     

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