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Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot Reaches A Half Billion Dollars

The Mega Millions jackpot is currently $636 million, one of the highest in history.

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The winner of the Mega Millions lottery will be announced tonight.

Mega Millions is drawing national attention with tonight’s jackpot, only a year and nine  months after setting a world lottery record. The jackpot is at more than $636 million as of Tuesday evening.

Hoosier Lottery spokesperson Andi Brancato says the recent trend of soaring lottery jackpots comes from increased media exposure.

“The more people are playing, the higher the jackpot is, the higher the jackpot is, the more people are interested and end up playing,” Brancato said. “So it just continues to grow, and we’ll continue to grow, until it is won.”

The $636 million prize is the second highest Mega Millions jackpot for that game and the fourth highest in lottery history.

Hoosier Lottery’s profits earned from each jackpot go towards various Indiana government programs, including police and firefighter pensions, teacher retirement funds and motor vehicle excise taxes.

 

Jashin Lin

Jashin Lin is a reporter/videographer for WFIU and WTIU news. She has previously worked as a videographer/web producer for MO.gov and as a reporter/videographer for the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She studied multimedia journalism and information technology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. You can follow her on Twitter @jashinlin.

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