Mega Millions jackpot hits $344 million
A single winner could take home the largest prize on record.
By William White
The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight's drawing has climbed to a whopping $344 million.
The jackpot has ballooned thanks to the prize going unclaimed for two weeks. This is the largest Mega Millions prize so far in 2013 and could result in a record payout, NBC News notes.
The current record was established in March 2012 after three people each claimed a portion of the $656 million jackpot. After taxes, each winner took home $157.8 million. A single winner for the current jackpot would get a $184 million one-time payout.
Overall, this is the fourth-largest jackpot Mega Millions has ever seen.
Earlier this year, Mega Millions followed in Powerball's footsteps and changed its rules to create larger prizes. The changes included an extra ticket option that allows winners of the secondary prize anywhere from $1 million to $5 million, versus the normal $250,000.
The next drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot will take place at 11 p.m. ET.
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