Mega Millions offers record jackpot on Tuesday

Mega Millions offers record jackpot on Tuesday

Mega Millions offers record jackpot on Tuesday

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is approaching record territory, and it's not the only game offering huge payouts. There hasn't been a Mega Millions victor since 11 California co-workers split a $543 million stake in July.

"Players are having fun and ticket sales are growing, which is great news for the education programs we fund", said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery. Since the jackpot reset in July there have been 17.5 million winning tickets at all the prize levels, with 25 winners taking home prizes of $1 million or more.

Mega Millions lottery tickets rest on a counter at a Pilot travel center near Burlington, N.C., in 2016.

Your odds of winning the jackpot is about 1 in 303 million. So don't quit your day job just yet.

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Since there was no overall victor in Saturday's Powerball drawing, the jackpot has risen to $345 million.

The other multi-state lottery game, the Powerball, also has a jackpot with a sizable sum.

Roland Reyes claimed the prize on behalf of his group, saying they made a decision to play on a whim when they saw how large the jackpot had become.

Three other Mega Millions jackpots have been won this year: $451 million on January 5 (Florida), $533 million on March 30 (New Jersey) and $142 million on May 4 (Ohio). The big jackpots could mean lines at some ticket locations as the drawings near. "Jackpot fever is definitely sweeping the country!"

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