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Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to $586 Million

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The Mega Millions jackpot has been boosted to $586 million, a jump from the earlier projection but still trailing a $656 million prize last year that was the largest in U.S. history.

Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and Mega Millions' lead director says ticket sales are ahead of projections, one of the primary factors pushing the jackpot higher.

She says the jackpot may be increased one more time on Tuesday morning in advance of the evening drawing. She says it's expected that between 65% and 75% of the 259 million possible number combinations will be in play when the numbers are drawn.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 43 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Tickets are available at Gold Ranch RV Resort and Casino's Lottery Building, and Hallelujah Junctions, located just across the California border. (AP)

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