The Mega Millions jackpot jumped to $420 million, with a $237 million one-time cash option, after no ticket matched Friday’s winning numbers 27, 28, 32, 41 and 69 plus the gold Mega Ball 12.
This makes Tuesday’s jackpot the sixth-largest jackpot in the game history, according to representatives.
The last Mega Millions jackpot of $543 million was clinched on July 24 by a California office pool of 11 co-workers. Their win was the third-largest in the game’s history, and the largest ever won with a single ticket.
There have been three other jackpots won this year. A total of $451 million on Jan. 5 in Florida, $533 million on March 30 in New Jersey, and $142 million on May 4 in Ohio.
Wednesday’s Powerball drawing also produced no winners, pushing Saturday’s jackpot up to $253 million, CBS News noted, and while we all harbor fantasies of winning the jackpot, the odds are enough to shatter those dreams.
According to CBS News, a person stands a 1 in 258.9 million chance of winning the Mega Millions jackpot and a 1 in 292.2 million for the Powerball.
Not all hope is lost though, according to experts.
Richard Lustig, author of “Learn How To Increase Your Chances Of Winning The Lottery,” noted that choosing numbers based on significant dates limit a player’s possibilities, MLive reported.
Instead he suggested spreading numbers “over the entire spectrum of numbers you can choose.”
Once those numbers have been chosen, Lustig suggested sticking with them because changing them up lowers your odds each time.
“The three things you can do to increase your chances of winning a lottery game is to pick your own numbers and stick with them every time; set a budget; and never spend rent or grocery money to play a lottery game,” Lustig said, according to Forbes.
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