(AP) -- Lottery players in states that play Mega Millions are getting the chance to vie for the seventh-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight's drawing is up to $330 million thanks to brisk sales pushing the big prize higher. That works out to about $208 million if taken as a lump sum.
The game is similar to Powerball -- players try to win by matching five regular numbers plus the "Mega ball." Tickets cost $1.
Besides the jackpot, prizes range from $2 to $250,000. Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday night.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $390 million in 2007. The prize was shared by two players in Georgia and New Jersey.
The game, which expanded last year under a cross-selling agreement with Powerball, is available in 41 states and the District of Columbia.
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