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Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to $586 Million

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DES MOINES, IA - The Mega Millions jackpot has been boosted to $586 million, a jump from the earlier projection but still trailing a $656 million prize last year that was the largest in U.S. history.

Executive director of the Virginia Lottery and Mega Millions' lead director Paula Otto says ticket sales are ahead of projections, one of the primary factors pushing the jackpot higher.  She says the jackpot may be increased one more time on Tuesday morning in advance of the evening drawing.

She says it's expected that 65-75% of the 259 million possible number combinations will be in play when the numbers are drawn.