After 34 Drawings Without a Winner, Mega Millions Jackpot Swells to $454 Million

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An electronic billboard displays the current Mega Millions jackpot in Springfield, Ill., on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
An electronic billboard displays the current Mega Millions jackpot in Springfield, Ill., on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot continued to grow over the weekend, reaching a staggering $454 million for Tuesday night’s drawing — the third largest in the game’s history.

“It’s like the little engine that could. It just keeps chugging along,” said California State Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso.

The game’s prize has rolled over 34 times since the last winner on& March 8. It’s the seventh-largest jackpot for any U.S. lottery game, Traverso said.

Though the jackpot may not be as jaw-dropping as the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot in January, it’s the biggest Mega Millions jackpot this year and is worth $319.7 million if paid out in a single lump sum.

The last time any U.S. lottery game had a bigger payout was in May, when Powerball climbed to $429.6 million.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Players pick five numbers between 1 and 75 and one “Mega” number from 1 to 15. Mega Millions tickets cost $1 each, as opposed to the $2 Powerball game.

The odds of matching all six numbers are 1 in 258,890,850.