The Mega Millions jackpot has swelled to an enormous $512 million, the fifth largest in the lottery game's history.
New York Mega Millions announced Monday the jackpot had increased from $493 million to more than half a billion dollars. The cash value of the prize pot for Tuesday is $303.4 million.
The record Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million was shared by winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland on March 30, 2012. Just behind that is a $648 pot won in California and Georgia on December 17, 2013.
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The third largest prize in the game’s history was won by an Indiana family on July 8, 2016, and that remains the largest jackpot won by a single ticket.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot paid to a New Yorker to date is $319 million, Mega Millions said. The jackpot was claimed by a group of state workers.
If no one matches all five numbers plus the Mega Ball in tomorrow night's drawing, the jackpot will keep growing.