$640 million -- officially  the largest jackpot ever recorded for any lottery game in North America, according to lottery officials. Whew! Mega Millions, indeed!

Local merchants at gas stations and convenience stores have reported brisk sales of lottery tickets but most said they expected a bigger push as the deadline draws nearer. The numbers will be drawn at 10 p.m.tonight! Ticket sales are cut off at 9:45 p. m. Mega Millions is played in 42 states, and the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands. Buy your tickets early, because there is bound to be chaos at retail locations as the deadline nears. Good luck, DAWG peeps!