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US Lottery Jackpot Reaches $454 Million

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A customer picks numbers for a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a convenience store in Chicago, July 1, 2016.

A customer picks numbers for a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a convenience store in Chicago, July 1, 2016.

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot continues to grow, reaching a staggering $454 million ahead of Tuesday night's drawing — making it potentially the seventh largest in U.S. history.

The game's prize has rolled over 34 times since the last winner was picked March 8.

"This is our longest roll ever, by far,'' said Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and lead director for Mega Millions, which is managed by a consortium of lottery organizations. The previous record was 22 rollovers.

The highest jackpot drawn in the country was a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot won in January by players in three states.

If no winner is picked Tuesday for Mega Millions, the jackpot is expected to grow by another $50 million.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Players pick five numbers between 1 and 75, and one "Mega" number from 1 to 15.

The odds of matching all six numbers are 1 in 258,890,850.

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