But that isn't happening.
The Mega Millions jackpot is the largest in history and it has brought out some real characters hoping to get some of the winnings. So what's really going on?
In fact, two of the biggest jackpot winners have been in California.
The Mega Millions drawing will be held Tuesday night at 11 p.m. ET-and the odds are categorically against you. That could also land you a historic tax bill if you win, though don't expect a lot of sympathy. However, your chances are pretty slim. In 2015, The Atlantic estimated that 40 percent of all lottery ticket sales are allocated to state governments. "When jackpots are this high, there is heightened interest not only in Mega Millions and Powerball, but in all other games as well".
While the massive jackpot remains, there were five winning $1 million tickets sold in our area.
The winning numbers are 28, 70, 5, 62, 65. But he said the thought of winning the US$1.6b scares him. What's more, the price of a ticket has doubled.
Based on sales projections, 75 percent of winning combinations will be chosen, making it more than likely there will be a victor.
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Others are already self-read experts on how to deal with such an enormous and public prize. "Oh man, I don't know". The odds to win the grand prize were 1 in 258,890,850. "There are approximately 303 million to one combinations".
The record-breaking jackpot expected for the next Mega Millions drawing was at $1.6 billion by Monday afternoon.
The story has been done to death before - even without reporters winning the lottery - and it does not have a happy ending.
Although some lottery profits go to good causes, the game is often criticised for being a tax on the poor. As of 2016, North Carolina devoted a smaller portion of its total budget to education than it did before starting the lottery. For the others, the state takes a bite, especially in NY, where a victor would need to pay a state tax of 8.8 percent.
In scenes being repeated across the country, local news in St Louis interviews lottery players. And the harm of gambling addiction must be taken into account somehow.
The previous record Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million, which was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in the drawing on March 30, 2012.
"I would incorporate myself as a business and become my own company", Baron said inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, adding that he would also pay off his student loans and parents' mortgage and donate to charities if he wins.
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