Friday the 13th proved to be unlucky for all those players who expected to walk away with the then $425 million jackpot. This jackpot is reportedly the fourth biggest Mega Millions jackpot in United States history.
Lottery players are in for an even more exciting week. The amount of the jackpot is expected to surpass the largest Mega Million jackpot ever claimed. Virginia Lottery executive director and Mega Millions’ lead director Paul Otto is optimistic that number will spike even further. “We've never had a jackpot at this level in December leading into the holidays,” Otto said. “If we keep rolling, we could well be at a billion dollars going into Christmas.”
CNN reports that the odds of winning all six numbers are about 1 in 259 million, according to the lottery company. One Tulane University observes that a player has “more than 1,000 times better chance of an asteroid or comet killing [him or her].”
The low odds of winning are not expected to deter hopeful lottery players, who are hoping to score a huge Christmas present at next Tuesday’s drawing. It is indeed a life changing opportunity. “It would change my life, absolutely,” said Barbara Cooper, who bought two tickets Friday at a New Orleans convenience store. “We still have children in college, so that would help out immensely.”