How much is the Mega Millions jackpot and do you have the winning numbers? The Mega Millons lottery results are just hours away on Friday, March 30, 2012, making the $640 million jackpot a top Google trend all week. What are the odds of winning and how much money will you get if you get? Here are some answers.
UPDATE: The winning Mega Millions lottery numbers for March 30 are 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and the Mega Ball is 23. Mega Millions winning numbers March 30: Winning ticket sold in MD
No one matched all six numbers on Tuesday, March 27, pushing the jackpot up to a record $640 million on Friday. Lottery frenzy has been the buzz on the web with people lining up to buy a ticket for a chance to win the largest lottery jackpot in world history, surpassing the previous record of $390 million. If you live in Illinois, you can skip the line and play online. (continue reading below)
How much will you get if you win the $640 mil Mega Millions jackpot on Friday night? If one ticket matches all six numbers, the winner would have the choice of receiving the full jackpot in 26 annual payments of approximately $24.6 million million, or a cash option of approximately $462 million. This is a dizzying amount of money that requires a great deal of responsibility. Although it’s tempting to rush to cash in that ticket if you win, a smart winner would hire a legal team and a financial advisor before coming forward at lottery headquarters.
What are the odds of winning? The odds of winning the $640 mil jackpot are approximately one in 176 million. While the thought of winning this much money has everyone dreaming, it’s important to gamble resonsibly.
Mike Catalano, chairman of the mathematics department at Dakota Wesleyan University, tells the Associated Press:
“You are about 50 times as likely to get struck by lightning as to win the lottery, based on the 90 people a year getting struck by lightning … Of course, if you buy 50 tickets, you’ve equalized your chances of winning the jackpot with getting struck by lightning.”
Play your numbers, or a quickpick, by 9:50 pm ET to get in on the Mega Millions jackpot. The drawing will be held at 11 pm ET on Friday, March 30, 2012.
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