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Tuesday, December 17, 2013


The Mega Millions Jackpot could well approach $600 million by this evening, still short of the largest prize, $656 million (which was won by three tickets, one each from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland--all chose the cash option of $158 million).  However, in 2012, the Spanish Christmas Lottery awarded $950 million to 180 winners.

But, if the drawing misses tonight and again this coming Friday, the pot will be ONE BILLION DOLLARS ON CHRISTMAS EVE.  To the right $1 billion in $100 dollar bills.

What are the odds?
  • There are 259 million possible number combinations.
  • This past Friday, there was a 50% chance that someone would win.
  • There is a 65% to 75% chance someone will win tonight.
  • There is a 1 in 14.7 chance you can win something, as, for example, you luck out with guessing the Mega Ball pool of 15 only.   You win $1.  
  • You get a million dollars  (that's a million to the right in $100 bills) if you pick all five from the pool of 75, but not the Mega Ball number.
Want to get an impression of a trillion dollars in $100 bills?  Note that human to the bottom left:

  • Dying from a bee sting:  1 in 6.1 million (note, to win tonight, the odds are 1 in 259 million).
  • Dying from a lightning bolt:  1 in 3 million.
  • A hole-in-one on a par-3:  1 in 12,500 (I've never made one).
  • A hole-in-one again on the next par-3:  1 in 156 million (hmm...close to this mega millions).
  • The chances of hitting a deer with a vehicle in the least likely state, Hawaii:  1 in 6,267.
  • Chance of being struck by lightning over an 80-year lifetime:  1 in 10,000.
  • Chance of drowning in a U.S.. beach:  1 in 2 million.
  • Chance of being attacked by a shark:  1 in 11.5 million.
Can you participate?

Yes, for 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Of course, if you are in Hawaii, you can call a trusted friend in one of the Blue States above.  A ticket only costs $1.  Pick six numbers from a pool of 75 and the Mega Ball of 15.  You can form an office pool.  

Should you win, you have two options:
  • Get paid over 30 years with a 5% annual increase.
  • Collect the whole jackpot, which tonight would be $316 million.
Anyone know Paula Otto?  She is in charge:

Have any questions?  Click on Mega Millions Frequently Asked Questions.

Should you risk a dollar or ten?  Hey, why not?



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