ATLANTA (CBSNEWS.COM/AP) – The winning numbers drawn for Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot were 7, 25, 43, 56 and 59, and the Mega Ball number was 13. The jackpot was $458 million, with a one-time cash option of $274 million.
Lottery players could have a chance of winning the nation’s 10th largest lottery prize, as the Mega Millions estimated jackpot climbs to $502 million.
The Friday night drawing will offer players a chance to spend $2 and dream of beating the staggering odds of 302.5 million to one and winning the big prize. Jackpot winners must match all six numbers in a drawing.
The $502 million prize is the annuity option, in which a sole winner is paid over 29 years. A winner opting for the cash prize would take home $301 million, minus state and federal taxes.
Tickets cost $2. The sales cutoff time in Texas is 9:45 p.m. No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since January.
There will be a Powerball drawing on Wednesday, but the jackpot is only $40 million.
But don’t get your hopes up yet: Even with more options for giant payouts, the odds of winning a jackpot remain abysmal at 1 in 258.9 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball.
The odds of winning both jackpots are one in 75 quadrillion — that’s 15 zeros — according to data scientists at Allstate.
The odds of winning “scratchers” — those little instant winning tickets that you can buy for prices ranging from $1 to $50 — are better, but it’s still no way to get rich.
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