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Quick news: Mega Millions, CDLs and deer numbers

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 12:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 12:29 p.m. CDT

Last-minute ticket buying could make today’s Mega Millions jackpot the biggest lottery prize in U.S. history.

The grand prize inflated to $586 million Monday and more sales are expected today before the drawing at 10 p.m. tonight. If the winner chooses to take the lump sum cash option, instead of payments over 30 years, the jackpot would be $316 million.

If no one picks the exact combination of numbers tonight, the prize will continue to grow until the next drawing scheduled Friday.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 259 million. The game is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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