Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot Hits New Record

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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — This coming Tuesday night’s “Mega Millions” lottery jackpot has reached what’s being reported as an American record cash jackpot of almost $260 million.

Shortly after noon today, Pennsylvania Lottery spokeswoman Allison Roberts had the newest numbers for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing:

“The annuity value for the Tuesday, March 27th, drawing is $363 million, and the cash option for this Mega Millions drawing is $259.8 million.  The annuity value is the third highest Mega Millions annuity jackpot in the game’s history, and the cash jackpot is a record-setting jackpot.”

Not only is it a record cash jackpot for Mega Millions, Roberts says that if a single jackpot winning ticket is sold in Pennsylvania, it would be by far the biggest jackpot in the history of the Pennsylvania Lottery, in either the annuity or lump-sum category.

Originally a Powerball state, Pennsylvania also began selling Mega Millions tickets a little over two years ago.

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