MEGA MILLIONS: Jackpot Second Largest Ever
Strong sales in Iowa and across the country are pushing the giant Mega Millions jackpot even higher for Tuesday’s drawing.
The jackpot is now at an estimated $586-million.
If the winner takes the cash option they will walk away with over $316-million. It ranks as the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot in history.
The jackpot was last won on October 1.
During the last drawing on Friday almost 82,000 tickets purchased in Iowa won prizes ranging from $1 to $5,000.
If nobody wins Tuesday night, the jackpot for Friday’s drawing will begin at $800 million.
Top 5 jackpots
No. 1 — In March 2012, lottery officials announced three winning tickets for the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot were sold in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland;
No. 2 — A Florida woman won the $590.5 million Powerball jackpot in May;
No. 3 — The $587.5 million Powerball jackpot was collected in November 2012 by a man in Arizona and a couple in Missouri;
No. 4 — A $448.4 million Powerball jackpot was split by two winners in New Jersey and one in Minnesota in August;
No. 5 — A single winner in South Carolina won the $399.4 million jackpot in September.