Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $586 million; still short of $656M record set last year

  • by: BARBARA RODRIGUEZ , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 16, 2013 - 6:40 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Mega Millions jackpot inched toward a U.S. lottery record Monday as it soared to $586 million amid a frenzy of ticket purchases, raising the possibility that the prize could pass the once-unthinkable $1 billion mark by Christmas Eve should nobody win before then.

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