Striking It Rich with Mega Millions

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

It's a game of luck that's advertised almost everywhere: signs for the Mega Millions Jackpot are familiar decor in most convenience store windows, hung to entice potential players to pay a little in exchange for the chance at a winning a lot.

Says Ira Brown, a Mega Millions believer, "A lot of people like to play, and if you don't play, you can't win."

Mega Millions is a lottery-style game played in over 38 states, and through a computer-generated or hand-picked combination of numbers, players hope to get a match to the winning numbers that are drawn.

Brad Wood thinks the odds are worth the money: "I think it's worth it, I mean, it's - it's worth a shot. you know? Everybody's got a chance."

But when the numbers don't match, the jackpot continues to roll over , just like it has the past 15 times the numbers were drawn, with the last drawing on New Year's Eve.

Now, $330 million are up for grabs to that lucky person who throws his or her dollar into the pot - and that could mean a very happy new year.

Even though the chances of hitting the jackpot are 1 in almost 2 million, some people already have an idea of what they'd do with the winnings.

One says he'd "give [the money] to [his] family," while another insists he'd, "go crazy."

But skeptics and believers both agree - though the chances may be slim, if you don't play, you definitely can't win.

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