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.

Mega-Millions-Tuesday

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.


Related Stories