NEW YORK. LOTTERY $280 JACKPOT MILLION MEGA FEVER

Mandi Zonneveldt
Lottery fever has tightened its grip on the Big Apple.

With no winner in Tuesday night’s $220 million Mega Millions draw, the jackpot has climbed to $280 million — and New Yorkers were lining up yesterday to get a piece of the action.

The $280 million jackpot is the biggest in the history of the 11-state Mega Millions draw. The winning numbers will be drawn live in Times Square tomorrow night.

The New York Lottery estimated that tickets for this past Tuesday’s draw were selling at a rate of $500,000 an hour statewide that day.

No one won, so the top prize rose by $60 million.