Mega Millions jackpot climbs toward a new record - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

Mega Millions jackpot climbs toward a new record

Posted: Updated:
This Dec. 12, 2013 file photo shows a sign displaying the current Mega Millions jackpot at a Financial District liquor store in San Francisco. This Dec. 12, 2013 file photo shows a sign displaying the current Mega Millions jackpot at a Financial District liquor store in San Francisco.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Strong weekend Mega Millions ticket sales easily could push Tuesday's jackpot above last year's record $656 million prize, a lottery official said.

No ticket matched the six numbers needed to win Friday's $425 million prize. It was raised Saturday to $550 million for Tuesday's drawing — the fourth largest in U.S. history.

Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and Mega Millions' lead director, told the Associated Press on Sunday that sales were up by as much as 20 percent over weekend numbers and were expected to spike on Tuesday, the day of the drawing.

"I think we'll be very close to the record, and maybe even surpass it," Otto said, adding that sales are difficult to predict.

"Lotto players are procrastinators. They tend to buy on the day of the draw," she said.

As of Friday, players had bought enough tickets to cover roughly half of the 259 million possible number combinations, Otto said.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Gun scare at high school is false alarm

    Gun scare at high school is false alarm

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:34:29 GMT
    A student at Mission Bay High School was taken into custody Friday for bringing an Airsoft gun to campus, police said. 
    A student at Mission Bay High School was taken into custody Friday for bringing an Airsoft gun to campus, police said. 
  • Teenage girl killed in multi-vehicle crash

    Teenage girl killed in multi-vehicle crash

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:33 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:33:33 GMT
    An investigation was under way Friday into what caused a series of crashes in Fallbrook that killed a girl in her early teens and sent four other people to the hospital, including one with 
     
    An investigation was under way Friday into what caused a series of crashes in Fallbrook that killed a girl in her early teens and sent four other people to the hospital, including one with major life-threatening injuries, authorities said.
     
  • 2nd annual '4-H Day at the Padres'

    2nd annual '4-H Day at the Padres'

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:05:30 GMT
    When the Padres take on the Cubs next month there will be some special kids on the field. The 2nd annual "4-H Day at the Padres" is May 25 and some of the proceeds from each ticket sale will benefit San Diego County 4-H. 
    When the Padres take on the Cubs next month there will be some special kids on the field. The 2nd annual "4-H Day at the Padres" is May 25 and some of the proceeds from each ticket sale will benefit San Diego County 4-H. 
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.