Mega Millions jackpot up to $363M - FOX Carolina 21

Mega Millions jackpot up to $363M

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The Mega Millions jackpot is up to $363 million for the drawing on Tues. March 27, 2012. (FOX Carolina) The Mega Millions jackpot is up to $363 million for the drawing on Tues. March 27, 2012. (FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Mega Millions jackpot rolled over once again, and the prize for Tuesday night's drawing is up to $363 million.

The South Carolina Education Lottery officials said the jackpot is the third largest in the game's history.

And if you're the lucky winner, you can choose the cash option of $259 million. Officials increased the jackpot from $356 million only a few hours later on Monday as an indication that Mega Millions players across the country are feeling the excitement. 

In the most recent drawing, in which there was no jackpot winner, nearly 2.9 million tickets won Mega Millions prizes.

The odds of winning the jackpot are long, about 1 in 175 million. Forty-two states along with Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands offer the game.

"When we post a jackpot of this magnitude, it gets attention. Those that don't play very often decide to take a chance," said the Lottery's Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea. "As always, we encourage players to please, above all else, play responsibly."

South Carolina has offered the Mega Millions game since Jan. 2010 and has yet to produce a jackpot winner.

"We hope a South Carolinian will be the one to stop this jackpot run," said Bethea. "A $356 million jackpot is exciting for our players and this state, but the real winner is education."

The drawing will be held at 11 p.m. Tuesday and tickets must be bought by 10 p.m. to be eligible. Tune into FOX Carolina for the drawing, which follows the Ten O'Clock News.

Mega Millions® tickets cost $1 and are available at lottery retailers statewide. Players can purchase Megaplier for an extra $1 to see their non-jackpot winnings multiplied by the Megaplier number selected.

If you match five white balls with Megaplier, you'll win an automatic $1 million.

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