DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Mega Millions
jackpot has been boosted to $586 million, a jump from the earlier projection but still trailing a $656 million prize last year that was the largest in U.S. history.
Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and Mega Millions
' lead director says ticket sales are ahead of projections, one of the primary factors pushing the jackpot higher.
She says the jackpot may be increased one more time on Tuesday morning in advance of the evening drawing.
She says it's expected that between 65 and 75 percent of the 259 million possible number combinations will be in play when the numbers are drawn.
Nine more $1 million winners came out of Friday’s drawing, bringing the total to 39 since the new game was launched in October.
The $1 million second-tier prize is a new feature of the game – substantially larger than the previous second prize of $250,000.
The latest $1 million winning tickets, which matched the first five numbers (19, 24, 26, 27 and 70) but not the Mega Ball number (12), were sold in Colorado, Connecticut and New Jersey, plus two each in Florida, Michigan and New York.