With no one hitting the Mega Millions jackpot Friday night, the prize has climbed to $252 million.
If you plan to buy a ticket for Tuesday's drawing, remember that suddenly winning that amount of money is a life-changer in more ways than having a really fat bank account. And if you don't approach it properly, that windfall could bring unanticipated headaches.
"It can be both a blessing and a curse," said certified financial planner Jim Shagawat, president of Windfall Wealth Advisors in Paramus, New Jersey. "If you win, take a deep breath and don't make any major moves right away."