KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After nobody won the most recent Mega Millions drawing, the jackpot prize for Tuesday is expected to approach record territory .
No ticket sold for Friday’s drawing matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball, so the jackpot will reach an estimated $654 million ($372.6 million cash) on Tuesday.
The Mega Millions jackpot record is a $656 million prize on March 30, 2012.
The jackpot has been growing since July 24, when a California office pool of 11 people won a $543 million prize, according to a Mega Millions statement.
That was the largest prize ever won on a single ticket.
“It’s so exciting for our players, and all of us, to see the Mega Millions jackpot getting so close to an all-time record level,” Lead Director of the Mega Millions Consortium and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming Gordon Medenica said. “With a little luck, we may still break that record by Tuesday”
The Powerball jackpot Saturday night was an estimated $314 million, a sizable sum in its own right.
“Jackpot fever is definitely sweeping the country,” Medenica said.