Largest jackpot in more than seven months
The jackpot for tonight's multi-state Mega Millions lottery draw is $145 million, the most since May 4th.
The lump-sum cash payout of tonight's jackpot is $91.8 Million, if the winner decides to take the whole thing at once.
Tonight's draw, set for 11 p.m. Eastern Time, will be the 12th since the last time a ticket was sold that matched all six numbers drawn.
The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number is 1 in 175,711,536.
Mathematicians have long said there is no advantage to purchasing a ticket at an outlet where previous big-money winning tickets have been sold. The odds of a big-money winning ticket sold at a particular outlet is wholly dependent on the number of tickets sold there.
The Mega Millions game is played in 41 states and the District of Columbia.
The winning numbers will be published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing takes place.