Mega Millions jackpot passes half a billion dollars

The anticipated jackpot for Tuesday night's drawing has reportedly topped half a billion dollars, which means the Christmas shopping season is picking up steam - at least for those who purchase Mega Millions lottery tickets.

Lottery officials estimated the reward for Tuesday as of late Monday at $565 million, or more than $293 million if paid in cash

The drawing on Tuesday will start at 11 p.m. EST.

The most recent Mega Millions jackpot of $502 million was split between tickets sold in Florida and California for a drawing on October 14. Over the course of the subseque

According to lottery authorities, since the launch of Mega Millions in 2002, there have been 11 jackpot wins totaling $500 million or more.

A jackpot above $1.3 billion was won in Illinois in July, while the record Mega Millions jackpot is over $1.5 billion, which was won in 2018.

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