If one ticket matches all six numbers for the $425 million jackpot, the winner will have the choice of receiving the full jackpot in 30 annual payments, or a cash prize of approximately $228.2 million before taxes, according to the Mega Millions website. It is the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history, and the fifth-largest ever in North America.
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Tuesday's top prize had a cash payout option of $184 million, according to the lottery, which is played in a majority of US states. The winning numbers from that drawing were: 5, 12, 22, 41, 65 and 13, Mega Millions said.
No one has won the jackpot in more than two months, pushing the purse steadily higher, although it remains well below the record-setting $656 million won on March 30, 2012.
The next largest prizes in the 17-year history of Mega Millions were worth $390 million and $380 million. The ticket price remains $1.
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—By Reuters. CNBC.com contributed to this report.