Estimated Mega Millions Jackpot Surpasses $500M

Estimated Mega Millions Jackpot Surpasses $500M

(AP) The holiday shopping season — for Mega Millions lottery ticket buyers, at least — is ramping up as officials said the estimated jackpot for Tuesday night’s drawing has surpassed half a billion dollars.

As of late Monday, lottery officials estimate Tuesday’s prize at $565 million — or more than $293 million if delivered in cash — after there were no lucky winners holding a ticket that matched all six numbers in the last drawing held on Friday.

Tickets sold in California and Florida for an Oct. 14 drawing shared the last Mega Millions jackpot of $502 million.

The Mega Millions lottery’s top prize has been building anew over 20 drawings held since then.

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