The jackpot in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing has soared to an estimated $363 million, the third largest in Mega Millions history.
The pot has been growing since Jan. 24, when Mega Millions had its last jackpot winner, according to lottery officials. Tuesday's jackpot was initially forecast to be $9 million less, but stronger than expected sales pushed the drawing to $363 million, officials announced Monday on the Mega Millions website.
The drawing will be Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET. Odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 176 million, according to lottery officials. A winner must match all six numbers to get the jackpot.
Richard Lustig, a seven-time lottery winner in Florida whose winnings have totaled more than $1 million, hasn't let the slim odds stop him. He shared tips for buying tickets on Tuesday with ABC's "Good Morning America."
Among them: Pick your own numbers, don't leave it up to the machine; avoid lottery fever during high jackpots, since your odds are still the same no matter how much you spend; and go online and make sure the numbers you play have never come up before.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever was $390 million, awarded in March 2007. The last time the jackpot was in the $300 million range was last year: On March 31, 2011, seven coworkers in New York state split a $319 million jackpot.
Mega Millions sells its $1 tickets in 42 states plus the District of Columbia. The retailer who sells the jackpot-winning ticket will receive the maximum bonus of $1 million, according to NBCBayArea.com.
The last 2012 jackpot was won by a College Park, Ga., woman, and was worth $72 million.
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