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Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot rises to $355 million

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(FOX19) - There is another Mega Millions drawing Tuesday night at 11 p.m.

The jackpot now stands at $355 million, which makes the cash option just over $224 million.

It's rolled over 15 times since November without a big winner.

The largest jackpot ever in North America was a Mega Millions jackpot of $390 million on March 6, 2007.

The game is similar to Powerball - players try to win by matching five regular numbers plus the "Mega ball." Tickets cost $1.

Could the next big millionaire be right here in the tri-state? Thousands of people are wishing it will them!

The jackpot is now up to a whopping $355-million dollars, the 7th largest and enough to entice even the least gambling minded-people to go for the mega-gold.

In a fallen economy, nothing sounds better to a lot of people, than a boatload of cash. 355-million to be exact.

"I've actually never bought a lottery ticket in my life," said Tony Abatiello. "So this is the first time I've ever bought one, so maybe I'll be lucky and win."

Abbatiello is new to the game, so what would he do with that kinda moolah?

"Probably pretty much anything I wanted," he laughed. "Probably move to Florida and enjoy the sun, pretty much relax and enjoy my life."

David Dearing said he would probably join him there on the sand.

"Go on vacation for the rest of my life," Dearing said.

Most people we met said they wouldn't spend it all on themselves.

"Yeah, I'd buy a car," Dearing said. "Buy my mother a house."

They'd help out family and friends, but why stop with one house?

"I think I would buy a whole subdivision for my family," boasted another hopeful man, who said he would keep it all in the family.

"wow," he said. "I'd invest it."

First, he said he'd put some of the cash away in savings.

"I think I would invest a big portion of it and the rest I would have a lot of fun with," he said.

He never did specify what kind of fun, but when you have 355 million to burn, do you really need to have a list?

"I tell you what though," he laughed. "If I do win, keep it a secret, I don't want to get knocked in the head."

That drawing is tonight (Tuesday night) at 11pm.

Besides the jackpot, prizes range from $2 to $250,000. Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday night.

The game, which expanded last year under a cross-selling agreement with Powerball, is available in 41 states and the District of Columbia.

Copyright 2011 FOX19. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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