Mega Millions jackpot grows to $830 million for Tuesday drawing

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The jackpot for Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing is estimated at $830 million, the third highest prize in a lottery game.

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The big picture: Strong sales of $2 tickets ahead of Tuesday's drawing have pushed

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 the jackpot from $20 million to $810 million, which is an estimated $170 million

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 from Friday's drawing, according to Mega Millions.

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 from Friday's drawing, according to Mega Millions.

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According to a news release, the July 26 jackpot has a cash value of $487.9 million.

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Tickets for Mega Millions are sold in 45 states, Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands,

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with pictures taken every Tuesday and Friday. Why this matters: Gambling simplification, in all its forms, 

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has become increasingly big business by governments, professional sports,

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has become increasingly big business by governments, professional sports,

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