Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?
2018-10-22 21:57:59

This is What’s Trending Today…(1)

Who wants to be a billionaire?(2)

For a $2 ticket, people have a chance to win the Mega Millions record-breaking lottery jackpot of $1.6 billion.(3)

The drawing is on Tuesday night in the United States.(4)

Players also have a chance at winning the Powerball jackpot, which is now up to $620 million. That drawing will be on Wednesday night.(5)

Mega Millions is a lottery game played in 44 American states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.(6)

The winning ticket must match six numbers, from 1 to 70.(7)

Several states permit online ticket purchases. Out-of-state or overseas purchases are not permitted.(8)

The first Mega Millions drawing was on May 17, 2002.(9)

That winner received a jackpot of $28 million – a small amount compared to this week’s jackpot.(10)

The most recent Mega Millions drawing on October 19 was for a jackpot of $1 billion dollars.(11)

But no one won. It was the 25th drawing in a row that did not result in a winner.(12)

About 280 million tickets were sold for the October 19 drawing. Those tickets covered 60 percent of all possible number combinations.(13)

So, what are your chances of winning the $1.6-billion jackpot this time?(14)

Very, very small.(15)

The financial website The Motley Fool says the chance of someone winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 302,575,350.(16)

The chance is a little better with the Powerball. It is 1 in 292,201,338.(17)

You are more likely to get struck by lightning than win the jackpot, at least in the United States.(18)

The National Weather Service says a person has about a 1 in a million chance of getting hit.(19)

You are much more likely to get accepted to Harvard University.(20)

The Ivy League school accepted 5 percent of its 39,000 applicants for its 2021 class. That is a 1 in 20 chance.(21)

Americans even have a better chance at becoming president than they do at winning this week’s jackpot. The U.S. population is about 326 million.(22)

There are about 10 presidents in an average lifetime. So, a person’s chances at becoming president are 1 in 32. 6 million.(23)

However, the U.S. Constitution requires that a person be at least 35 years old and a “natural born citizen” to be elected president.(24)

And that’s What’s Trending Today. I’m Ashley Thompson.(25)

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