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Tonight's Mega Millions drawing is for $540 million

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Oregon Lottery logo.Feeling lucky? Tonight’s Mega Millions drawing is for $540 million, giving bullish East County residents a shot at the third largest jackpot in the program’s history.

If no winner is declared, next Tuesday’s drawing is expected to rise to $630 million.

"Oregon Lottery players have won nearly $50 million in Mega Millions prizes since the game debuted in Oregon in March 2010,” lottery spokesman Chuck Baumann said in a press release. ”Oregon is (eagerly) awaiting our first Mega Millions jackpot winner. This jackpot would be a great one (to) start with."

The winner, if there is one, will have two payment options. Spacing out the payments would net the lucky player $12.1 million annually for 30 years, after taxes. The lump sum option would grant an after-taxes payout of $254.6 million.

Since its start in 1985, the Oregon lottery has generated nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education and state parks, according to the press release.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot, pegged at $656 million, was won in 2012.

Don’t forget to sign the back of your lottery ticket!