Mega Millions jackpot is up to $512 million

Brendan McDermid  ReutersA sign displays that the Mega Millions Lottery prize is $512 million at a newsstand in New York City

Whoever hits the jackpot for Tuesday night's Mega Millions lottery draw will be halfway to billionaire status.

With that kind of change up for grabs, workers at gas stations and other shops throughout the Poconos have been busy printing out tickets all day long. Their estimate was just shy of half-a-billion dollars.

This is the fifth-largest jackpot in the game's history and the 11th largest in USA lottery history.

"I am going to go for it".

The top Mega Millions jackpots to date include $656M on March 30, 2012, $648M on December 17, 2013 and $536 M on July 8, 2016. But there are things you can do to boost the odds of becoming a multi-millionaire.

Tickets cost $2 with an optional "Megaplier" that costs $1 more and multiplies every prize except the jackpot.

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The last winning Mega Millions ticket, worth $142 million, was sold in Ohio.

Robinson bought four tickets, one for each of her kids, she says.

How do you know if you won?

"I'd buy a new house, travel, take care of the kids and grandkids", Brown added.

The drawing is at 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night.

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