There’s a big possibility, no, an incredible possibility that you won’t win the Mega Millions jackpot of $475 million.
On the other hand, someone has to win at some point. Furthermore, there is no danger in fantasizing.
“For just a few dollars, a Mega Millions ticket offers our players’ permission to dream,'” said Gordon Medenica, Maryland lottery director and Mega Millions lead director. “Purchasing a ticket allows us to fantasize, even if we don’t win,” says the author.
Because no ticket matched all six numbers drawn last Saturday, the top prize was increased to $468 million, then reduced to $475 million before the drawing on Tuesday night.
The cash option for this jackpot is $319.4 million, which is what most winners prefer to an annuity (pre-tax). If you say in another manner, a $2 ticket may turn into a piece of paper worth more than some small countries’ total financial activity.
This is the game’s ninth-largest reward in its history.
Since a New York couple won $96 million in mid-February, the jackpot has been steadily rising. That was just a few weeks after a group of Michigan gamers won the top prize of $1.05 billion.
Each Mega Millions ticket has a chance of winning the jackpot of around 1 in 302 million. According to the National Weather Service, your chances of getting hit by lightning in your lifetime are significantly better: 1 in 15,300.
Moreover, purchasing many tickets would have little effect on the probabilities.
You’d have to buy more than 151 million distinct number combinations to have a 50-50 chance of winning the Mega Millions jackpot – the same chances as flipping a coin once.
Even so, you wouldn’t be able to ensure that you’d be the only one who won. In fact, you can win the game even if you don’t hit the jackpot. According to Mega Millions records, there have been more than 16.4 million winning tickets at all reward levels since the jackpot was last won on Feb. 16, including 26 valued at $1 million or more.