One of the largest lottery jackpots in history has just reached a staggering $1,537,690,277. This is the second-largest prize in the history of the Mega Millions, the first being $656,269,475. However, the odds of winning aren’t all that great, and some people are predicting that the money will go into the federal government instead of the private sector.
Odds of winning
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot may be daunting. While there are no guarantees, there are some steps that can help you improve your chances.
One of the best ways to increase your odds is to buy multiple tickets. Even if you don’t win, you’ll still have a shot at claiming a smaller prize. If you are lucky, you might be able to win the grand prize, which is a whopping $747 million.
Another thing to consider is how many people are playing the game. Since the jackpot is big, more people are competing for it. This can cause the odds to decline over time. To counteract this, officials made a number of changes in mid-2010s.
There are several different ways to score a prize, from matching all five main numbers to a few lucky balls. Those with more money to spend can opt for a larger lump sum or even a reduced cash option.
It’s not a secret that lottery operators are trying to lure more people into their fold. One of the reasons is the increase in interest rates. A higher interest rate means a higher payout in the end. However, this doesn’t mean that your chances of winning the grand prize are much better.
Mega Millions jackpot surpassed by $1.537 billion in 2018
The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has reached a record high of $1.537 billion. It was not as large as the previous record of $656 million, which was set in 2012. However, it is still the second-largest jackpot prize in history.
The jackpot has grown over the past few months. In fact, the game is expected to be active once more, which is why it is expected that the jackpot will rise to as much as $500 million in Tuesday’s drawing. Despite the growth, the prize is estimated to be only a fraction of the original jackpot estimate.
In fact, it would be half of the top prizes that were won in January. That is, if a single person wins the prize. A total of 68 players have matched the winning numbers and received $1 million or more.
Mega Millions lottery tickets can be purchased in 47 jurisdictions. This includes the United States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As of October 2018, there have been 33 million winning tickets sold.
Since the first draw on May 17, 2002, 232 tickets have won 206 jackpots. This includes two jackpot winners within the first three drawings.
The jackpot has surpassed the billion-dollar mark four times in its history. The largest was the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot, which was drawn on March 30, 2012.
Social media users circulating claims that the lion’s share will end up in the federal government
If the lottery hasn’t already stomped your wallet then there’s a very good chance you’ll have to cash in on the big kahuna, if you’re lucky enough to live in a state with a monopoly like Colorado or California. Fortunately, this isn’t the end of the road, as long as you’re one of the millions of lottery winners in the country. That’s a lot of winnings, so it’s time to take a breather and enjoy the rewards. The next round isn’t due until Tuesday, so the winners can take a well-earned rest. Most will be heading to their respective phrex. Hopefully, you’ll find a way to unwind, and have a few laughs while you’re at it. Or, you’ll be lucky enough to have the best luck. Of course, the best bet isn’t likely, but that’s the fun part. So, if you’re planning on taking the grand prize on a ritzy weekend away, it’s probably time to make that call. Regardless, you’ll be glad you did!
For starters, you’ll have a slew of relatives in tow. This is especially true if you’re planning on winning the grand prize, but even if you’re just hitting the lottery jackpot, you’ll still be putting your name on the line, if you’re lucky. You’ll need to take the proper steps, as the odds are against you. Luckily, you can buy tickets on your own, if you’re prepared to pony up.