Mega Millions jackpot swells to a whopping $344 million

MILWAUKEE -- The Mega Million lottery jackpot is up for grabs on Tuesday, December 10th -- and the estimated jackpot right now stands at $344 million. That gives you a $184 million cash option!

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 175,711,536.

If you match five numbers without the Mega ball, your odds improve to 1 in 3,904,701 for a $250,000 prize. There’s a 1 in 75 chance of winning a $2 prize by matching only the Mega ball.

Mega Millions is offered in 42 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands; a total of 44 jurisdictions. Each play costs $1.