$344M Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 10:40 AM

PHOENIX -- $344 million. That's the estimated jackpot for Tuesday night's Mega Millions lottery drawing. It's the fourth largest Mega Millions jackpot in the game's history.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot -- a stunning $656 million -- was won on March 30, 2012.

This time, the jackpot has been rolling over since Oct. 1.

To win, you need to match six numbers -- five from 1 to 75 and one from 1 to 15.

In addition to the jackpot, there are eight other winning combinations for prizes, of $1, $2, $5, $50, $500, $5,000 and $1 million.

The chance of winning the jackpot is 1 in nearly 259 million. The chance of winning any prize is 1 in 21.

According to the Arizona Lottery, the 10 most-drawn balls are 44, 41, 42, 49, 54, 63, 2, 11, 20, and 29. The most-drawn gold ball is 3. The five least-drawn balls are 1, 4, 5, 8, and 10. The least-drawn gold ball is 4.

If you win the big prize, you have 60 days to choose a 30-year annuity or a lump-sum payment of about $184 million.

Tickets are $1. Sales stop at 7:59 p.m.

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