The Mega Millions jackpot remained unclaimed on Friday and jumped to $586 million on Monday.
This puts the Mega Millions jackpot closer to the record-setting jackpot from 2012, which was up to $656 million. The jackpot may be increased again on Tuesday morning amid increasing ticket sales. It’s possible that the Mega Millions jackpot could beat the record set in 2012 if it goes unclaimed in Tuesday’s drawing. It’s estimated that 65% to 75% of the possible 259 million number combinations have already been sold, reports USA Today.
“The dream of winning is fun … you know, until you don’t match any of the numbers,” Phill Kaplan, of Denver, told the Los Angeles Times. “But then again, the chance that you could win is the reason I buy tickets.”
Winning the Mega Millions jackpot is so slim that players are more likely to be killed by bees, struck by lightning, killed in a car crash or murdered.
This hasn’t stopped people from playing for the second-largest Mega Million jackpot in the history of the game, which is the result of the jackpot not being claimed for 22 drawings.