MEGA MILLIONS: Jackpot Second Largest Ever

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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.