Mega Millions Jackpot Soars to $400 Million

The jackpot in Tuesday’s Mega Millions lottery drawing has increased to an estimated $400 million, making it the third largest in the multistate game’s history, according to the Mega Millions website.

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A lottery ticket is sold ahead of drawing in December 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

It was also the sixth largest in U.S. lottery history, the website stated.

The $400 million figure would amount to a $224 million cash option, according to the Mega Millions site.

The odds of winning the jackpot — which decreased after the game changed in October — were estimated at 1 in 259 million, the California Lottery’s website stated.

Last December, one of the two-winning tickets in the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever — a whopping $636 million — was sold in Northern California.

Tickets can be purchased for $1 at more than 21,000 locations in California, according to a news release from the state lottery.

Mega Millions is played in 43 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Drawings take place every Tuesday and Friday.