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Mega Millions® Jackpot Jumps to $636 million

ALBUQUERQUE – The jackpot for tonight’s Mega Millions® drawing has jumped to $636 million.

This is the second time the jackpot has been increased since it rolled to $550 million Friday. Yesterday, ticket sales pushed it to $586 million.

New Mexico Lottery players have until 8:45 p.m. MT to buy tickets for the 9 p.m. drawing.

The jackpot’s cash option is $341.2 million, before taxes.

How to Play Mega Millions

To play Mega Millions, players choose five numbers from 1 to 75 and one Megaball number from 1 to 15. Players can also ask for a “quick-pick,” a set of numbers chosen by the lottery’s gaming system. Each wager costs $1.

In addition to the jackpot, there are eight prize levels ranging between $1 and $1 million. The game’s Megaplier® option multiplies non-jackpot prizes up to $5 million. Megaplier costs $1 more per wager.

The odds of winning a jackpot are approximately 1 in 259 million. The odds of winning any Mega Millions prize are approximately 1 in 15.

The game’s record jackpot of $656 million was shared by players from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland in March 2012.

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

All profits from the sale of New Mexico Lottery games fund an in-state college tuition assistance program. Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $586 million for education and more than 90,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships. More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.

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