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Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot soars even higher

Someone could wake up to the fifth-largest prize in Mega Millions history.

WASHINGTON — More than half a billion dollars are up for grabs in Tuesday night's Mega Millions jackpot

Just hours before Tuesday's drawing, the lottery announced that due to strong ticket sales, the top prize had grown to an estimated $555 million. If won at that level, it would be the fifth-largest prize in the game's 20-year history. The lump sum cash option is $316.9 million. 

No one won last Friday's jackpot, which was an estimated $480 million. 

The winning numbers for Tuesday's drawing are 2-31-32-37-70 and Gold Mega Ball 25.

The Mega Millions jackpot has steadily grown since someone last won in mid-April.

While the prize money is certainly life changing, it's far from breaking lottery records. Last year, a Mega Millions jackpot cracked the $1 billion mark for just the second time. A four-member suburban Detroit lottery club won that $1.05 billion jackpot and chose the lump sump, receiving $557 million after taxes.

The Mega Millions drawing is on Tuesday, July 19 at 11 p.m. ET.

What are the top 10 biggest Mega Millions jackpots? 

1. $1.537 billion - 10/23/2018
2. $1.050 billion - 1/22/2021
3. $656 million - 3/30/2012
4. $648 million - 12/17/2013
5. $555 million - - (est.) 7/19/2022
6. $543 million - 7/24/2018
7. $536 million - 7/8/2016
8. $533 million - 3/30/2018
9. $522 million -6/7/2019
10. $516 million - 5/21//2021

Mega Millions is played on Tuesdays and Fridays in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Earlier this month, someone in Vermont won a $366 million Powerball jackpot after purchasing a ticket at a Jolley Short Stop convenience store, according to the Vermont Lottery. It was the first time in Powerball history that a jackpot-winning ticket had been sold in the state. The Vermont winner, who has yet to come forward to claim their prize, can either take the full sum in increments or opt for the lump sum of $208.4 million.

Val Lick contributed to this report.

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