Feb 28, 2006, 1:53 pm
Mega Millions sales have once again outpaced the forecast of Mega Millions officials, prompting them to increase tonight's lottery jackpot from $256 million to $267 million.
The new cash option is $159 million.
The drawing for the $269 million Mega Millions drawing is tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Standard time.
5 white numbered balls will be drawn from a pool of 56, and one Mega Ball will be drawn from a separate pool of 46 gold numbered balls.
Players can win the jackpot by matching all 5 white numbers, plus the gold Mega Ball. In addition, eight other prizes can be won by matching other combinations of numbers.
The numbers can be matched in any order, except for the Mega Ball, which can only be matched in that position on the player's ticket.
USA Mega (www.usamega.com) will carry the drawing results minutes after the drawing takes place, and within a few hours USA Mega will announce if the jackpot was won.
If there is no jackpot winner tonight, Friday's jackpot is expected to exceed $300 million.
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