The Mega Millions jackpot has jumped to $636 million dollars.
The cash option for the jackpot is around $341 million. The near record-setting jackpot was helped in large part due to a change in the way Mega Millions is played.
Players now choose five numbers from 1-75 and one number from 1-15. That change raised the odds from 1 in 176 million to the current odds of 1 in 259 million.
Those long odds are not slowing down ticket sales. Officials say it is still possible that tonight's jackpot could be raised again.
The Powerball jackpot for tonight's drawing is again in record territory. Missouri Lottery officials have announced the top prize has increased to $360 million, the third-largest jackpot in the game's history. The cash option is now worth an estimated $229.2 million before taxes. Players have until 8:59 p.m. CDT to purchase tickets.
Lottery officials say it's okay to dream, as long as players are responsible. They say even with a big prize like this one, it only takes one $2 ticket to win.
The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight’s drawing is also high -- an estimated $170 million. It costs just $1 for a chance at that prize.
A mother-daughter lottery playing duo win big in Missouri's Mega Millions drawing. 44-year-old Tina Wrzesinski of Overland and her 62-year-old mother Odessa Chanley of East Prairie have claimed a $250,000 prize.
The women say they play Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto every week, and this time, it was Mega Millions that finally paid off for the licensed practical nurse and retired convenience store manager. The two plan to pay off their bills and mortgage.