The MegaMillions jackpot soared to $1.02 billion after no ticket matched all six winning numbers in the July 26 draw, according to CNN. How realistic is it to win the jackpot?
“All jurisdictions have reported this: no one has won the MegaMillions jackpot. This brings the winnings to $1,025,000,000 on Friday ($602.5 million in cash),” Lottery spokeswoman Marie Kilbane said.
The winning numbers on July 26 were 7, 29, 60, 63, 66 and Mega Ball 15. The next draw will take place on July 29.
While no one has hit the jackpot, some winners have been in contention for big prizes. There were eight tickets, each winning $1 million after matching the first five numbers.
And the prize for another winning ticket sold in Ohio that matched the first five numbers was $3 million because it included an additional Megaplier bought for an extra $1.
According to the web to the MegaMillions website, if the winning ticket comes up on Friday, the $1.02 billion jackpot would be the third-largest MegaMillions jackpot in the game's 20-year history.
According to the lottery, the largest MegaMillions jackpot was $1.537 billion on October 23, 2018 for a ticket sold in South Carolina. The $1.05 billion jackpot was won by a group of four players in Michigan on January 22, 2021.
Which is more likely – win the lottery or be hit by a natural disaster
Americans are no strangers to mega lottery jackpots that occasionally leave everyone scouring their pockets for a dollar or two to gamble and try become the next millionaire, writes the New York Post.
When it comes to odds of winning the lottery, the news is a little more sobering. In fact, the odds of hitting the jackpot are so low that the odds of a natural disaster happening are much higher.
Both of the most popular lotteries in the US give odds of winning the top prize somewhere in the 1 in 292 million range.< /p>
To be precise, Powerball claims a 1 in 292,201,338 chance of matching all six numbers, and MegaMillions – 1 in 302,575,350.
Compared to what the Earth and mother nature can give us, the odds aren't even close.
Chance of dying from cold: 1 in 6045 over a lifetime
The National Safety Council estimates the chance of dying from cold at 1 in 6045 throughout life. The combination of wind and low temperatures, researchers say, makes winter chills more deadly than summer heat waves.
Chance of dying in hot weather: 1 in 8248 over life
The National Safety Council puts the chances of dying from heatstroke in hot weather at 1 in 8248 over a lifetime. A survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics found that about twice as many people die from cold flashes in winter than from summer heat.
Chance of being struck by lightning: 1 in 15 300 in a lifetime
The National Weather Service puts the chance of a person being struck by lightning in a lifetime at 1 in 15,300.
Chance of dying from a tornado: 1 in 71,163 in a lifetime throughout life. The NOAA Storm Prediction Center reports that the U.S. averages about 1,100 tornadoes per year, which is about three tornadoes per day. during a lifetime
Live Science calculated the probability of dying in an earthquake based on data from the US Geological Survey and got the odds of 1 in 131,890. The National Earthquake Information Center reports that every year there are about 20,000 earthquakes in the world, which is about 54 per day.
The chance of death from a shark attack: 1 in 264.1 million
It is estimated that the chance of a person being attacked by a shark ( for those who go to the beaches) is 1 in 11.5 million, and the chance of dying from such an attack is 1 in 264.1 million.