Mega Million jackpot jumps to $586M

Created: 12/16/2013 12:52 PM

ALBUQUERQUE -- The rush to buy tickets for Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing has pushed the game's jackpot to $586 million. Originally, the jackpot was $550 million.

"Player enthusiasm is driving this jackpot to new heights," said David Barden, the New Mexico Lottery's interim CEO. "Every single player is having a ball thinking about all the things they could do as a lottery multi-millionaire."    

New Mexico Lottery players have until 8:45 p.m. MT to buy tickets for Tuesday's 9 p.m. drawing. 

The jackpot's cash option is $316.5 million before taxes. 

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