The jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery will be $344 million for Tuesday’s drawing – the biggest this year -- after a two-week winless streak was extended Friday night.
The 9 p.m. MT drawing on 24/7 could result in a near-record U.S. payout, after no one claimed the top prize of $297 million on Friday.
The previous record Mega Millions payout -- $656 million in March 2012 – was split three ways, with each winner taking home $157.8 million after taxes.
More recently, an anonymous ticket holder in Anne Arundel County, Md., won $189 million on Oct. 1, though that prize that remains unclaimed.
If a single winner were to claim Tuesday’s prize and chose a cash prize instead of an annuity, it would amount to $184 million, according to the Mega Millions website.
The increase in prize values is partly because of rule changes lottery officials instituted on Oct. 22, aimed at creating bigger and faster-growing jackpots. Mega Millions is legal in 43 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Get the ID Lotto app to get winning numbers, lottery news, rules of the games, and winners for all Idaho Lottery games. Search KTVB in your favorite app store or click here for information on all our KTVB apps.