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The $363 million question: Mega Millions lottery approaches state record

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A $363 million jackpot could find itself claimed if a Mega Millions winning California lottery ticket is drawn Tuesday at 8 p.m.

The projected prize of $356 million was bumped up $7 million after sales surpassed expectation following last Friday’s no-winner lottery letdown of $290 million.

The all-time high for a Califonia jackpot was logged in March 2007 at $390 million. A Tuesday winner would have a cash payout option of $259.8 million.

The odds of winning Mega Millions are about one in 176 million, and those in search of a grown-up golden ticket can play the numbers until retailers cease sales at 7:45 p.m.

The outlet that sells the winning ticket also receives some treasure, with a maximum bonus topping out at $1 million.

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