Mega Millions Jackpot Estimated at $363 Million

March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM EDT

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Mega Millions Jackpot Estimated at $363 Million

March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM EDT

(Mega Millions news release) Spurred by a mega-exciting jackpot, Mega Millions sales have outpaced the forecast of Mega Millions officials. So officials have increased the estimated jackpot for the Tuesday, March 27, drawing from $356 million to $363 million.

The estimated jackpot is based on sales up to the time of the drawing.  So the adjusted jackpot is an indication that Mega Millions players from coast to coast are feeling the excitement.  In the most recent drawing, in which there was no jackpot winner, nearly 2.9 million tickets won Mega Millions prizes. 

This jackpot has been growing since January 24, when Mega Millions had its most recent jackpot winner. The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 176 million. The odds of winning any of the Mega Millions prizes are approximately 1 in 40.