The next Mega Millions drawing, scheduled for Tuesday, will be worth an estimated $654 million, officials said.
The potential jackpot is the second highest in game history. Powerball's jackpot also represents: There is a top prize of at least $345 million on Wednesday.
That's the fourth largest lottery prize in USA history.
More than two months ago Powerball hit for the last time when New Yorker Nandlall Mangal was the sole victor of $245.6 million, lottery officials said. The next Mega Millions drawing will be Tuesday.
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Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is approaching record territory, and it's not the only game offering huge payouts.
There's $345 million up for grabs.
The chance of matching all six numbers is one in 302 million. The cash option, which is favored by almost all winners, is $372 million.
Burdess and Vandiver had all five white ball numbers (4, 24, 46, 61 and 70), and only lacked having the Megaball number of 7 or they would have won the $548 million jackpot.
"Jackpot fever is definitely sweeping the country!' Medenica said".