Mega Millions jackpot continues to soar

CREATED Dec. 17, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec. 17, 2013

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MILWAUKEE – Excitement is building for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. The Jackpot currently stands at $636 million, making it the second largest Mega Millions jackpot ever. It’s also the fourth-largest prize in U.S. history. With a large number of  ticket sales, it's possible the jackpot could increase before the drawing.

Odds of winning the jackpot are about 1 in 259 million. If you do happen to win the top prize it might be a good idea to contact people who have dealt with large amounts of money before and figure out if you can stay anonymous.

If there isn't a winner for the top jackpot Tuesday night, you should still check your ticket. Every year about $800 million worth of lottery prizes go unclaimed. Sometimes people who win don’t check the numbers, because once they hear the news that there’s no jackpot winner, they automatically assume they have lost.

If no one wins the next two drawings, the jackpot will be $1 billion on Christmas Eve.