1.6 BILLION dollars. That’s what the jackpot is up to for the nationwide Mega Millions Jackpot. The number on those fancy billboards on the side of the highway can’t go any higher than 999 million, but we are looking at the the highest jackpot ever recorded.
Even though people are quite literally lining up to buy their tickets now that the jackpot is so high, your odds of winning the jackpot (e.g., matching all five numbers and the Mega Ball) are just the same as they always are when playing Mega Millions: 1 in 302,575,350.
To put that in perspective, you have a better chance of being struck by lightning this year (odds: 1 in 700,000) or becoming a saint (odds: 1 in 20 million).
That’s right. You have a better chance of getting struck by lightening multiple times than winning the Mega Millions.
If you just so happen to be the lucky person, I’d love to be your new best friend, that keeps an eye on your newfound wealth.