ALBUQUERQUE – The rush to buy tickets for Tuesday’s Mega Millions® drawing has pushed the game’s jackpot to $586 million. Originally, the jackpot was $550 million.
“Player enthusiasm is driving this jackpot to new heights,” said David Barden, the New Mexico Lottery’s interim CEO. “Every single player is having a ball thinking about all the things they could do as a lottery multi-millionaire.”
New Mexico Lottery players have until 8:45 p.m. MT to buy tickets for Tuesday’s 9 p.m. drawing.
The jackpot’s cash option is $316.5 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 multiples non-jackpot prizes up to $5 million. Megaplier costs $1 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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