No one claimed the top prize after Tuesday night’s drawing. Since then, the jackpot has grown to a cool $1.1 billion, with a cash option of $648.2 million. The next drawing is Friday night. While we can all ponder what we would do with that kind of money, we may all be getting a reality check instead of a money check.
After all, the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350 or 0.00000033%. Here are some things that are more likely to happen:
But 1 in 302 million is still a chance! In fact, you’re much more likely to win than being hit by a meteorite (thankfully!).
How’s this for a mind-blowing fact: You are 30.4 billion times as likely to win the Mega Millions than you are to get a perfect NCAA bracket if you just guess or flip a coin to determine your teams. That’s right—”billion” with a “B.” Even if you know a little about basketball and are more strategic in choosing your bracket, you’re still 397 times as likely to win the Mega Millions jackpot.
Friday’s jackpot—over $1.2 billion—is the second largest in history. It’s only the third time that the billion-dollar mark has been hit. “We look with anticipation on the growing jackpot,” said Pat McDonald, lead director of the Mega Millions Consortium. “Seeing the jackpot build over a period of months and reaching the billion-dollar mark is truly breathtaking. We encourage customers to keep play in balance and enjoy the ride. Someone is going to win.”