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Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs

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EUGENE, Ore. — Mega Millions fever is crossing the country Tuesday because it’s the drawing for one of the largest jackpots in U.S. lottery history.

Tuesday morning, the Mega Millions jackpot climbed to $586 million. As the pot gets larger, it’s bringing out people who normally don’t play. The upside, it increases the size of the jackpot. But the odds of winning are the worst ever.

According to Tulane University, you have a better shot of being killed by an asteroid. And the National Weather Service says you have a better chance of being struck by lighting.

However, many players are taking their chances and planning for the mega win.

“I would pay the house off, go on vacation, donate some money to charity and to special friends,” says Eugene resident Joey Fischer.

The largest jackpot ever claimed was $656 million. Three winners won that last March, but since then, Mega Millions changed the game in October. The change lowers the odds of winning and no one has won.

This Mega Millions run has failed to produce a winner 21 straight times. But if you win, the lump sum payoff, it’s worth $316 million.

The drawing takes place at 7:59 p.m. on Tuesday.

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