Nationwide heartbreak as Mega Millions winners are in Northwest

Lightning

A person is more likely to be hit by lightning than win the Mega Millions, but two winners will split a record pot. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The current Mega Millions lottery jackpot is up to $355 million, and there are two winners. It is the second largest jackpot ever observed in the lottery game, which is played in most states. The two confirmed winning tickets were sold in Idaho and in Washington state.

One Mega Millions winner in Washington and one in Idaho

It was announced recently that there were two winning tickets purchased in the current round of the Mega Millions lottery. The current jackpot is up to $355 million, the second largest in the history of the lottery game, and the both tickets were sold in two adjacent states, Washington state and Idaho, according to the Washington Post. One lucky Idahoan and one lucky Washingtonian will split the winnings, which can be paid out upfront or in over a 20 year period. The Mega Millions winning numbers were 4,8,15,25, 47, and the winning “Mega Ball” number was 42. There was a flood of people buying tickets in recent days thanks to the record jackpot, which also got people to cross state lines to buy tickets.

The Lost Numbers

Anyone wondering about the Texas lottery, Massachusetts lottery, Georgia lottery, California lottery, or NC lottery can rest assured that they lost. Several of the numbers tied into the television show “Lost,” as four of the winning numbers were on a lottery ticket that a character from the show, named Hurley, won a lottery with. Anyone who had the numbers 4,8, 15, and 42, or the “Hurley” or “Lost numbers,” won $150.

Odds are astronomical

The odds of winning the Mega Millions, or any lottery, are incredibly slim. The object is to have one combination of numbers out of a field of millions of possible number combinations. The odds of winning Mega Millions are 1 in 176 million, which is better than PowerBall, which is 1 in 195 million. A person is more likely to be struck by lightning (about 1 in 750,000) but less likely to be eaten by a shark (about 1 in 300,000,000) than to win the lottery.

Sources

Washington Post

Wikipedia on Lottery odds

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