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Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs To $400 Million

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There are 400 million reasons to play the Mega Millions lottery game Tuesday night. The jackpot has grown to an estimated $400 million.

The jackpot has been rolling over since January 3rd. Tuesday’s jackpot is now the third largest jackpot in the multi-state lottery game’s history. It will also be the sixth largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

Tickets will be sold until 10 p.m. The drawing is at 11 p.m.

The game is played in Florida and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The biggest lottery prize in the U.S. was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in 2012. That prize had winners in three states – Maryland, Kansas and Illinois.

Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize. That means the chances of winning the jackpot are now about 1 in 259 million. It used to be about 1 in 176 million.

For more information, visit www.megamillions.com.

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