Mega Millions Brings Mega Excitement

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BRYAN, Texas With millions of dollars on the line, the Mega Millions jackpot has people in the Bryan - College Station area mega excited.

On Tuesday, the jackpot rocketed to $636 million, making it the second largest jackpot in the U.S. lottery history.

Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Gary Grief said by the end of business Tuesday, they will have sold more than $20 million in Mega Millions tickets in Texas alone.

"Someone's going to have a very merry Christmas this year," said Grief.

Grief said the cash payout for the jackpot is about $341 million, but if no one wins tonight, the pot goes up to $90 million. Grief said it won't stop there.

"And Friday night, when we have our next drawing, we might not have any billboards that can hold the digits that we need, because that jackpot would likely climb to over one billion dollars," said Grief.

Grief said the winning ticket holder isn't the only one who will win big.

"Anytime we have a great jackpot like the one we have today, that means more money to public schools here in Texas," said Grief.

Lotto officials said if you're a lucky winner, be careful.

"If you do happen to get all the numbers, seek out good financial help, good legal help." said Grief. "take your time. You have six months to claim your prize here in Texas."

Lotto officials will draw the winning numbers just after 10 p.m. Tuesday.