Want to be a billionaire? This lottery jackpot is a good start

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The Mega Millions drawing is Friday at 11 p.m. ET. Most winners take the cash option, which would pay an immediate $513 million.

The odds of winning the jackpot aren't good, at one in 302.5 million.

And the current Powerball jackpot continues to grow, too: Nobody won Wednesday's drawing, so on Saturday, the jackpot will be worth an estimated $430 million.

Last year, Mega Millions bumped its minimum jackpot up to $40 million and increased the number of balls from 15 to 25.

Despite insanely long odds - one in 302.5 million - someone with an unparalleled gift for picking numbers - or an astonishing amount of good luck- very well could match all six Mega Millions numbers on Friday, and win a jackpot that now stands at a mind-blowing $970 million. While there was no jackpot victor in Tuesday night's drawing, IL players won more than 198,700 prizes, ranging from $2 to $10,000.

Each of the 24 semi-weekly drawings have failed to produce a top victor since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a $543 million jackpot.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

The former record holder for Mega Millions was a $656 million prize in 2012. But cheer up! There are often secondary prizes to these huge drawings that can be worth millions of dollars, and a shocking amount of them go unclaimed - probably because people get too focused on the biggest possible way to win.

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The jackpot goes to a victor who matches the five numbers and the Powerball number.

In June 2009, a then 27-year-old Kings Mountain resident Jeff Wilson's life changed when the Powerball ticket given to him by his father matched all six numbers, winning him the $88.1 million prize. FALSE. Your odds of winning remain the same whether one person plays the game or a trillion.

State lottery commissions have relied on human psychology and the spirit of optimism to fuel sales.

This jackpot also stole the #2 spot as the second largest jackpot in United States history, but it's still a long way from stealing the #1 spot.

That is, until Friday's Mega Millions drawing, which may produce one or more instant mega millionaires. The estimated jackpot may be revised to account for higher ticket sales if officials see an uptick in activity before the next drawing, he said.

US lottery sales totaled $77.7 billion in fiscal 2018, up about $5 billion from the previous year, according to La Fleur's Magazine, a publication focused on the lottery industry. Make copies of all the tickets and pass them out.

Schlesinger said that the money spent on lottery tickets could be put to better use.

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