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Tuesday’s Mega Millions Jackpot Estimated at $550 Million

Drawing could be the second largest in Mega Millions history.

No one won Friday night's jackpot making Tuesday's one of the biggest in lottery history. Patch File Photo
No one won Friday night's jackpot making Tuesday's one of the biggest in lottery history. Patch File Photo

By Liz Taurasi/Patch — It could be a very Merry Christmas for lottery players this week as the Tuesday night Mega Millions jackpot is estimated to be $550 million.

No one took home Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot of $425 million, making Tuesday night’s drawing the second largest Mega Millions jackpot in history and the fourth-largest jackpot ever in the country, according to lottery officials.

The largest jackpot on record was $656 million on March 30, 2012.

It’s been more than two months since someone hit Mega Millions. 

A lottery official told the Associated Press that strong ticket sales over the weekend and an expected spike in sales on Tuesday, could push the jackpot closer to last year's record-setting $656 million jackpot, and it could even surpass it.

A lump sum payout of Tuesday's $550 million jackpot would net the winner $295 million before taxes. 

The drawing is at 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

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