By Liz Taurasi/Patch — It could be a very Merry Christmas for lottery players this week as the Tuesday night Mega Millions jackpot is estimated to be $550 million.
No one took home Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot of $425 million, making Tuesday night’s drawing the second largest Mega Millions jackpot in history and the fourth-largest jackpot ever in the country, according to lottery officials.
The largest jackpot on record was $656 million on March 30, 2012.
It’s been more than two months since someone hit Mega Millions.
A lottery official told the Associated Press that strong ticket sales over the weekend and an expected spike in sales on Tuesday, could push the jackpot closer to last year's record-setting $656 million jackpot, and it could even surpass it.
A lump sum payout of Tuesday's $550 million jackpot would net the winner $295 million before taxes.
The drawing is at 11 p.m. on Tuesday.