AUDIO: Mega Millions jackpot at $586 million

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Dec 16, 2013 at 11:30 am

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (KNSI) — The Mega Millions lottery game jackpot is once again creeping into record-breaking territory. 

The jackpot has now been boosted to $586 million, a jump from the earlier projection, but still trailing a $656 million prize last year that was the largest in U.S. history.

Mega Millions players select 5 numbers between 1 and 75 on their tickets, plus one more number, called the "Mega Ball," between 1 and 15. 

Ed Van Petten, executive director of the Minnesota Lottery, says one of the primary factors pushing the jackpot higher is the fact that new players are lured into playing, and regular players are likely to buy more tickets than usual. 

Van Petten adds, if the winning numbers don't show up during Tuesday night's drawing, the payout could near a billion dollars. He reminds players to have fun, and not spend more on the game than they can afford.

Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and Mega Millions' lead director says ticket sales are ahead of projections, and the jackpot may be increased one more time on Tuesday morning in advance of the evening drawing.

She says it's expected that between 65 and 75 percent of the 259 million possible number combinations will be in play when the numbers are drawn.

Mega Millions drawing are each Tuesday and Friday, 7pm and 10pm. Tickets are $1.00.

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