Today's Mega Millions jackpot has passed the half-billion mark. A last-minute ticket buying frenzy helped the prize grow to $586 million on Monday, pushing the prize closer to the U.S. jackpot record of $656 million. By tonight's drawing at 11 p.m. ET, players will have bought enough tickets to cover 65 percent to 75 percent of the possible number combinations to strike it rich. If no one picks the exact combination of numbers, the prize will keep growing until the next drawing on Friday.
The lottery has long been a part of American culture. Some people play different lottery variations, like Pick Three and scratch card games, every day. Other people stick to only playing the Power Ball and Mega Millions when there's a big jackpot like today.
Do you play the lotto regularly or only when there's a big jackpot up for grabs?