Mega Millions Soars to $550 Million

The jackpot is the second largest in Mega Millions history

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A customer buys Mega Millions lottery tickets in Chicago, Ill., Dec. 13, 2013.

After 21 straight drawings without a winner, including a luckless drawing Friday, the next Mega Millions prize has now surged to $550 million.

The new jackpot, which would net $295 million in cash for a winner, is the second-largest ever in history of Mega Millions and the fourth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, USA Today reports.

Chances of winning are 1 in 259 million, but sales in Oregon they rose to almost 400% above normal and Virginia sales were up almost 600%. Officials will draw again on Tuesday.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot on record was $656 million in March 2012.

[USA Today]

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