The jackpot for the Tuesday, Dec. 17, Mega Millions drawing now stands at a near-record $586 million (cash value $316.5 million). The $586 million jackpot is the second highest in the game's history. The new jackpot reflects very strong sales across all 43 participating states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Tickets for tomorrow night's Mega Millions drawing can be purchased until 10:45 p.m. EST on the day of the drawing. If no one matches all five numbers plus the Mega Ball in the 11 p.m. EST drawing, the jackpot will continue to grow.
The New York Lottery continues to be North America's largest and most profitable lottery, contributing $3.04 billion in fiscal year 2012-13 to help support education in New York. The New York Lottery's contribution represents 15 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.
The New York State Gaming Commission regulates all aspects of gaming and gambling activity in the state, including horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering, class III Indian gaming, video lottery terminal facilities at racetracks, the state lottery and charitable gaming.