Mega Millions jackpot surges to $522 million ahead of Tuesday’s drawing

Mega Millions jackpot surges to $522 million ahead of Tuesday’s drawing

Mega Millions jackpot surges to $522 million ahead of Tuesday’s drawing

The odds of winning it all are 1 in 258 million, meaning you're more likely to get drafted by the National Basketball Association than becoming a Mega Millions victor.

Mega Millions players choose five different numbers from a field of 1 to 70, plus a Mega Ball number from 1 to 25 (or have a lottery Quick Pick computer do it for them).

The store collected a $5,000 selling bonus for the winning ducat.

The Mega Millions jackpot made quite the jump from Friday night's drawing, now standing at $512 million.

Tickets cost $2 with an optional "Megaplier" that costs $1 more and multiplies every prize except the jackpot. That would deliver a cash prize of $308 million.

The Powerball jackpot is at an estimated $147 million. Strong sales boosted the total and organizers predict that it's likely to increase even more.

This is the fifth-largest jackpot in the game's history and the 11th largest in US lottery history. The odds winning are 302,575,350 to 1. The largest was a $91.8 million cash prize claimed by a Virginia man in 2015.

The record prize for Mega Millions was $656 million for the March 30, 2012, drawing in which there were three winning tickets from players in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

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