Mega Crazy! Friday’s Jackpot Jumps to $868M, 1 NJ Winner Tuesday
Stop me if you've heard this before. There was no winning ticket in Tuesday night's record $667 million Mega Millions game, pushing Friday's jackpot to an estimated $868 million, the second-largest in U.S. lottery history.
However, nine tickets matching all five white balls were sold, including one in New Jersey worth $1 million. New Jersey Lottery typically releases the locations where winning tickets were sold Wednesday afternoon.
Then there is tonight's Powerball game features a $345 million prize.
So, what are the odds of winning Mega Millions or Powerball...or both?
Long. Very long.
According to USA Today, your chances of winning Tuesday's Mega Millions were 302,575,350 to 1, while the likelihood of taking home the Powerball jackpot is only slightly better at 292,201,388 to 1.
The odds of winning both are 1 in 88 quadrillion (that's 15 zeroes).
In fact, you are 258 times more likely to be struck by lightning this year than win the Mega Millions jackpot. (The odds of being struck by lightning this year are 1 in 1,171,000.)
Other crazy comparisons: At 1 in 3,748,067, you are 80 times more likely to be killed by a shark this year than win the Mega Millions, the International Shark Attack File reported.
At 1 in 700,000, women are 432 times more likely to give birth to identical quadruplets than win the lottery.
You know what they say though. You cannot win if you do not play.