Mega Millions jackpot jumps again to $636 million

Mega Millions lottery officials revised the jackpot for Tuesday's drawing up to $636 million, from $586 million.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy   |   Dec. 17, 2013 at 1:19 PM
| License Photo

There's just no stopping the Mega Millions jackpot, which jumped again Tuesday to $636 million, from $586 million, nearing the all-time record for the largest jackpot.

Lottery officials set the prize amount based on a forecast of ticket sales, but as the jackpot continues to grow -- no winner has matched all six Mega Millions numbers since October -- sales have outpaced the forecast, resulting in the upwards revisions.

The jackpot for Tuesday night's drawing is closing in on the largest in history, a $656 million prize split three ways, sold in March 2012.

But because of a change in rules making the odds of winning even slimmer than they already were, the lottery could potentially reach $1 billion by Christmas.

Mega Millions

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Top Stories
Why the fake braces trend may be dangerous for users
Jared Leto 'stopped eating' for his 'Dallas Buyer's Club' role
Kelly LeBrock arrested for DUI
Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady drop $14M on Manhattan home
Brandi Brandt faces drug charges in Australia