Mega Buzz about Mega Million Jackpot

Mega Buzz about Mega Million Jackpot

In the fourth-largest lottery drawing in the United States, Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot of $586 million has people flocking to gas stations and lottery retailers across the county.
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It's the buzz around the country, the Mega Millions jackpot that has grown mega big.

Tuesday's lottery prize of $586 million is the fourth largest lottery prize U.S. history.

The cause of Tuesday's high prize? 21 straight drawings without a winner since October 1st.

As people begin flocking to gas stations and lotto retailers across the county, experts say the chance of actually winning are 1 in 259 million. That's the worst odds of any American lottery drawing. Still, they say, someone's bound to win eventually.

But some states are concerned with the win-less streak pushing the jackpot higher and higher. They say they might have to buy new billboards and signs if no one wins in the next two drawings. That's because the jackpot could grow past a billion dollars.

"If we don't have a winner this Tuesday, if we don't have a winner this Friday, we're going to have to buy some new billboards," says Virginia Lottery's Paula Otto. "[That's] because our billboards don't go past a billion dollars."

Tuesday night's winner could choose the $316.5 million dollar cash option. An amount is more than Beyonce's net worth.

It is said that you have a much, much better chance of getting struck by lightning, getting killed by an an asteroid, sink a hole-in-one, or dating a supermodel, than winning Tuesday night's Mega millions.

The winning numbers will be announced Tuesday night on ABC 36 News at 11.
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