Tuesday’s Mega Millions Jackpot Estimated at $550 Million

Drawing could be the second largest in Mega Millions history.

By Liz Taurasi

It could be a very Merry Christmas for lottery players this week as the Tuesday night Mega Millions jackpot is estimated to be $550 million. 

No one took home Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot of $425 million, making Tuesday night’s drawing the second largest Mega Millions jackpot in history and the fourth-largest jackpot ever in the country, according to lottery officials. 

The largest jackpot on record was $656 million on March 30, 2012. 

It’s been more than two months since someone hit Mega Millions. 

A lottery official told the Associated Press that strong ticket sales over the weekend and an expected spike in sales on Tuesday, could push the jackpot closer to last year's record-setting $656 million jackpot, and it could even surpass it. 

A lump sum payout of Tuesday's $550 million jackpot would net the winner $295 million before taxes. The odds of winning on a $1 ticket: 1 in 259 million. 

The drawing is at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17.


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