Brother, Can You Spare Some Mega Millions?

Jackpot for Tonight's Drawing is $333 Million

By Carissa DiMargo
|  Friday, Aug 28, 2009  |  Updated 7:54 PM EDT
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Local Describes Numbers Strategy for Mega Millions

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Local Describes Numbers Strategy for Mega Millions

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The jackpot for tonight's Mega Millions drawing -- which has been accumulating since July 7 -- has reached $325 million, the third-largest sum in the multi-state lottery's history.

Sure, your chances of winning are just one in 176,000,000 -- if you only buy one ticket. But plenty of would-be winners are hedging their bets with multiple buys.

The cash payout is estimated at $210.4 million. But if there's no winner tonight, the jackpot will hit a cool $430 million.

The biggest winners in Mega Millions' history was a $390 million jackpot,  shared by a New Jersey couple and a Georgia truck driver in 2007.

The drawing  is scheduled for 11 p.m. for the states of  Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Massachussetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, California and Washington.

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