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Brisk Ticket Sales Push Mega Millions Jackpot to $636M

The jackpot could grow even larger before Tuesday's drawing.

The jackpot for Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing has gotten even bigger.

Brisk ticket sales have pushed the prize money, originally set at $550 million, to $636 million around noon Tuesday. The prize could grow further as people continue to buy tickets leading up to the drawing at 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever was $656 million, and was split between three winning tickets in March 2012. There is a chance that this jackpot could grow enough to be the largest in history by tonight.

Patch is hearing that in some places, long lines are forming as people wait to buy tickets for the jackpot of more than half a billion dollars.

Mega Millions, a multi-state lottery game, is drawn on Tuesday and Friday nights. The next drawing is Tuesday, Dec. 17.

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