Mega Millions $1.6 Billion Jackpot: Quirks And Surprises Behind The Numbers

Virginia Carson
October 24, 2018

The odds of winning the $1.6 billion jackpot are now 1 in 302,575,350, but that hasn't stopped thousands, if not millions, of people from playing across the country.

The winning numbers are 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 with a Mega Ball of 5.

And speaking of Powerball: That game's next drawing is Wednesday, for an estimated jackpot of $620 million.

No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since July 24 when 11 co-workers in California split $543 million. But you won't make almost that much if you win - especially if you take the lump sum.

At $1.6 billion, Tuesday night's estimated grand prize topped that one and set the world record for largest ever.

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She laughs off the staggering odds against her - 1 in over 300 million - but she's got a solid plan of what she'd do with her winnings.

If one person did win the $1.6 billion prize, they won't be walking away an instant billionaire, as the massive sum is what the victor would bring home if they chose an annuity doled out over 29 years - and that's before taxes.

"Winning ticket in my hand and I can not wait to win to help people in this community, as well as my family, and probably start some community services for people here", said one local ticket buyer.

If Leona Rhodes hits all the winning numbers in the drawing for $1.6 billion, she says she'd help her family.

But remember, you can't win if you don't play.

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Whether all that money will bring bliss - or boredom - depends on what kind of gambler you are, explains Ohio State University psychologist Dr Ken Yeager. That boosted the odds from about one-in-259 million to one-in-303 million. "They just want to take a moment out of their day to consider how to dream big", Schlesinger said. "That's going to give me my wins", Michele Easterly said.

The Virginia Lottery projects sales after Friday's drawing through Tuesday's drawing will approach $19 million, lottery spokeswoman Jennifer Mullen said.

The draw will take place at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Eastern Time, so just under five hours from now.

Then there are the card counters, who are get more excited about black jack than Mega Millions, and are a particular fascination to Dr Yeager. Although she'd only sold $22 worth by 9 a.m. Monday, she knew customers would be funneling in after work.

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