Due to high ticket sales, projections for today's record-setting Mega Millions jackpot drawing increased by another $10 million Thursday, bringing the estimated total to $290 million, Maryland Lottery communications officer Gail Pelovitz said.
The jackpot has a pre-tax cash option of $163 million.
Tonight's drawing will have the highest jackpot offering since the game changed from The Big Game in May 2002.
Tuesday's $220 million jackpot was the 15th consecutive drawing to fail to produce a jackpot winner. Nobody has won the jackpot since May 7.
The drawing for the multi-state, Mega Millions lottery will be held at 11 p.m. today.