Mega Millions hits $1.1B for Tuesday's drawing, among highest ever

SAN ANSELMO, CA - JANUARY 03: Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets are displayed on January 3, 2018 in San Anselmo, California. The Powerball jackpot and Mega Millions jackpots are both over $400 million at the same time for the first time. Th

After almost three months of no Mega Millions jackpot winners, the game hit an estimated grand prize of $1.1 billion for Tuesday night's drawing. 

That's the third-highest Mega Millions jackpot to date, according to California Lottery officials. It's the fifth largest U.S. lottery jackpot.  

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While many lottery players buy their tickets with grand dreams of striking it big-time rich, the odds of winning the top Mega Millions top prize stood at an improbable 1 in 302.6 million.

The drawing for the game is held 8:00 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday.

"Be sure to purchase your ticket(s) before 7:45 p.m. for tonight’s draw," state lottery officials reminded jackpot dreamers on Tuesday.