Mega Millions jackpot climbs toward a new record

Mega Millions jackpot climbs toward a new record

MEGA JACKPOT: Chad Cuneo displays Mega Millions lottery tickets he purchased at a newsstand Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Philadelphia. Superstition didn't deter players hoping that Friday the 13th will bring them good luck in the Mega Millions game as heavy sales prompted lottery officials to boost the estimated jackpot to $425 million. Photo: Associated Press/Matt Rourke

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery officials say the next Mega Millions prize could surpass last year’s record $656 million jackpot.

No one won the $425 million prize on Friday night. And officials Saturday raised the amount to $550 million for Tuesday’s drawing, the fourth-largest in U.S. history.

The game’s lead director Paula Otto said Sunday that ticket sales were up by as much as 20 percent in states that reported their weekend numbers. Sales are expected to spike Tuesday.

Otto says lottery officials are in uncharted territory because there’s never been such a large jackpot in December, when tickets sales typically peak. It’s too early to know whether the jackpot will reach a record, but Otto says she expects it will come close.

Latest Headlines

in Entertainment, Viral Videos

Sleeping Santa makes Christmas pics a snap


Santa Claus won't be stopped by a sleeping baby boy. He'll improvise!

in Music

Paul McCartney explains his name


McCartney's given name is James Paul McCartney, and his father has the same name.

in Music

Jack’s Mannequin reuniting for anniversary tour


All members of the original Jack's Mannequin line-up have signed up to go on the U.S. tour, which will hit up 10 cities starting on New Year's Eve.

in Entertainment

MOVIES: 25 Days of Christmas Films

Bad Santa

Get into the holiday spirit with these festive films!

in Lifestyle, National

How holiday shopping mania led to Giving Tuesday


If you end up with a massive money hangover after the five-day holiday shopping mania that stretches from Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the antidote is Giving Tuesday.