Mega Mil­lions draw­ing of­fers aw­ful odds but huge jack­pot

Medicine Hat News - - LIFESTYLES -

DES MOINES, Iowa A lucky player could have over­come re­mark­ably bad odds last night to win the na­tion’s ninth-largest lot­tery jack­pot.

Num­bers were drawn Fri­day night for a chance at the es­ti­mated $548 mil­lion Mega Mil­lions prize. The jack­pot has been grow­ing since July, when a group of Cal­i­for­nia of­fice work­ers won $543 mil­lion.

It only costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of in­stant wealth aren’t good. The chance of match­ing all six num­bers and win­ning the jack­pot is one in 302.5 mil­lion.

The $548 mil­lion jack­pot refers to the an­nu­ity op­tion, paid out over 29 years. Most win­ners opt for cash, which for Fri­day night's draw­ing would be an es­ti­mated $309 mil­lion.

Mega Mil­lions is played in 44 states as well as Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands.

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