Mega Millions jackpot swells on heavy sales

Heavy ticket sales have pushed tonight's Mega Millions jackpot even higher, as frenzied lottery players across New Jersey and other participating states line up for

EDISON - Heavy ticket sales have pushed tonight's Mega Millions jackpot even higher, as frenzied lottery players across New Jersey and other participating states line up for a chance at hitting it big.

The jackpot is now an estimated $312 million, up from the initial estimate of $304 million. The lottery game has been without a top winner since the Feb. 1 drawing.

The $312 million estimated jackpot is the sixth-highest in Mega Millions history. If no ticket matches all six numbers in tonight's drawing, the estimated jackpot is likely to approach the $390 million range for the March 29 drawing.

The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 176 million.

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