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Mega Millions jackpot now 4th largest in U.S. history

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MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Could you imagine winning a billion dollars?  

It might happen if nobody wins the Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday night or Friday night.

Monday, the pot grew by another $36 million due to ticket sales that have gone through the roof. The top prize for tonight is now $586 million.  

Wisconsin players have been sharing the Mega Millions' fever, but not with a lot of success. Nobody from the Badger State won more than $5,000 in the most recent game last Friday night.  

Still, 133,000 Wisconsin players won something -- almost five times as many winners as the week before.  

Officials say the jackpot might go up one more time before Tuesday night's drawing. By then, the lead director for Mega Millions -- Paula Otto -- says about 70 percent of the 259 million possible number combinations will be on somebody's tickets. That means there's around a 30 percent chance that nobody will win the top prize tonight.  

Otto says two more rollovers could raise the jackpot to $1 billion on Christmas Eve.  

The current jackpot is the 4th-largest in U.S. history, and it's not far from the world-record lottery prize of $656 million in a Mega Millions' drawing in March of 2012.  

The game changed its number combinations in October to make it harder to win the top prize, but easier to win any prize.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)