Mega Millions jackpot hits estimated $400 million

The jackpot for Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing is The jackpot for Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing is an estimated $400 million, the third highest jackpot in the history of the Mega game, lottery officials said. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

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Interest in the Mega Millions lottery game is going to climb a notch.

The jackpot for Tuesday's drawing is an estimated $400 million, the third highest jackpot in the history of the Mega game, lottery officials said.

No one matched all of Friday's numbers -- 7, 20, 40, 54, 69 with a Mega ball of 12 -- when the jackpot was $353 million.

Typically, more tickets are sold when big-game jackpots reach $300 million or more, lottery experts say.

Tuesday's $400 million prize -- with a lump-sum cash option of $224 million -- would trail a Mega record $656 million jackpot on March 30, 2012, and a $648 million prize won on Dec. 17, according to the Mega Millions website.

Five tickets sold Friday did match five numbers but not the Mega ball.

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Three of the five tickets played the optional Megaplier for an extra dollar; those three tickets, sold in Arkansas, Florida and Virginia, are worth $3 million each, lottery officials said.

The other two tickets, sold in Ohio and Virginia, are worth $1 million apiece.

Overall, Tuesday's estimated $400 million prize will be the sixth largest big-game lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

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