Could it reach $2 billion? But by Tuesday night's drawing, officials estimate that 75 percent will be sold.
If he won, he'd open a school for the poor and give people free education with at least one location in the Illinois Valley and one in India where he is originally from.
But Brock said she doesn't plan on buying a ticket. But of course, many are sure to explain, they will divert serious cash to charity after winning what lottery officials call the biggest lottery jackpot in history.
- Despite the awful odds - one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home - someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, which now stands at an estimated $1.6 billion.
That would mean a 25 percent chance of no victor. The odds to win the grand prize were 1 in 258,890,850. "There are approximately 303 million to one combinations".
The fever has struck nationwide.
"That's why Virginia has a lottery", lottery spokesperson John Hagerty said.
"It's been insane because of the tickets", Henderson said. Tonight's Mega Millions drawing will be at 11 p.m. (Cheer up, though, it was 25% past year!) Assuming the Mega Millions jackpot doesn't go up and you take the $904 million lump sum payment, that works out to just about $217 million automatically deducted.
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But that's before taxes. Mathematically, you're not being rational if you think you have a chance of winning the jackpot, whether it's with one ticket or 100 tickets. CBS13 also learned that the chances of winning or losing do not depend on when you bought the ticket. Great! Your winnings won't be taxed by your state. The first is through 30 annual payments.
It's not just you. "They're trying to hit it big". In the episode, the friends each put a chunk of cash toward buying lottery tickets, and they commit to splitting any money they win. The jackpot is worth an estimated $1.6 billion. The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 258,890,850.
The winning numbers are 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 with a Mega Ball of 5. The odds of getting all numbers right are 1 in 302,575,350. There are a total of nine ways to win a prize playing Mega Millions. It's up to an estimated $620 million for Wednesday's drawing. "I'm gonna buy a home for my children", another said. "They've helped me out a lot over the years so just helping out with them and whatever is left over have fun with".
Others are already self-read experts on how to deal with such an enormous and public prize.
"Oh man, I don't know".
So, did you win?
"A million dollars is life changing".