Tonight’s Mega Millions winner could be staring at a $425 million headline jackpot after the original $400 million prize got a boost.
Lottery officials have said that ticket sales are expected to reach $104 million for the drawing tonight — around five times more than sales made on the initial $15 million drawing, the Associated Press reports.
Moreover, Mega Millions officials decided to increase the jackpot before the drawing. According to Fox News, Mega Millions Lead Director Paula Otto said ticket sales are 40% ahead of estimates.
To win the Mega Millions grand prize, a ticket must match all six drawn numbers. According to the AP, 32% of the total possible combinations of numbers have already been sold. Should only a single person win, the cash option would come to $228 million pre-tax.
So how slim are your chances of winning the Mega Millions jackpot? Time offers an interesting set of stats:
“… Compared with winning the lottery, you are 33 times as likely to be killed by bees, 50 times as likely to be struck by lightning, 8,000 times as likely to be murdered and 20,000 times as likely to be killed in a car crash.”
Despite these odds, many are being pulled in by the second-largest Mega Million jackpot in game history, thanks to the prize not being claimed for 20 drawings. Tonight’s $425 million prize also represents the fifth-largest grand prize ever in the United States.