Mega Millions jackpot climbs toward a new record


File-This Dec. 12, 2013 file photo shows a sign displaying the current Mega Millions jackpot at a Financial District liquor store in San Francisco. 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 Decx. 14, 2013, raised the amount to $550 million for Tuesday’s drawing, the fourth-largest in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)


DES MOINES, Iowa  — 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 percent of the 259 million possible number combinations will be in play when the numbers are drawn.