Mega Millions jackpot tops $200M

March 4, 2009 4:32:49 AM PST
The troubled economy has a lot of people daydreaming about winning the lottery. Tuesday's night's Mega Millions drawing is worth an estimated $212 million.It's the biggest Mega Millions jackpot in over a year. Players are snatching up tickets at an incredible rate hoping that it's their lucky day.

But, before you count your money, keep in mind how long the odds are of actually winning. The chances of matching all six numbers is a whopping 1 in 175,711,536, while the odds of matching five numbers minus the Mega number is 1 in 3,904,700.

Still, sales of lottery tickets show no signs of slowing, even in our weak economy.

"Sales for us are about where they were at last year at this time. It really hasn't increased our sales or decreased them," said Sarah Cummins, Illinois Lottery.

If nobody wins Tuesday night, Friday's drawing will be worth a staggering $346 million.


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