Despite Terrible Odds, Texans Taking A Chance At Mega Millions Fortune

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The odds of winning the $1.6 billion jackpot are now 1 in 302,575,350, but that hasn't stopped thousands, if not millions, of people from playing across the country.

"Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record", Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said about Tuesday's drawing. Lottery officials had expected to sell 75 percent of them by Tuesday night's drawing, where Mega Millions host John Crow announced the winning numbers.

It has been three months since someone took home the boffo bonanza.

At 11 p.m. tonight people across the country will be watching to see if their lottery numbers match the record-setting Mega Millions jackpot. The odds of owning a flawless one are 325,575,350 to one - almost 300 times greater than being fatally struck by lightning at some point in 2018!

Yes, the odds of winning are so unlikely that it's probably nothing you need to worry about, but if even the thought of splitting an enormous jackpot like this one puts stress on you and your relationships, you may be better off buying a ticket (or a few) on your own. Almost all winners take the cash option, which was about $904n as of Monday morning.

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Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Shannon Thompson, manager of the Holiday gas station in Escanaba, sells a Mega Millions lottery ticket to Jon Thompson Monday. But raising the number of Mega Balls makes it harder to win the jackpot. We spoke to some people buying tickets around Boise about their lotto plans.

Mega Millions-mania was in full swing this morning at Lexington's Red Mile racetrack.

States have different rules, so depending on where you purchased the ticket, you have from 180 days to a year. Drawings take place at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Powerball will hold its drawing Wednesday night for a jackpot estimated at $620 million or a cash value of $354.3 million.

Not surprisingly, the most Mega Million jackpot winners in the past five years have come from states with the largest populations. The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 258,890,850. But officials say with so many tickets being purchased, the likelihood of rollover becomes increasingly slim.

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