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Mega Millions Jackpot Has No Winners

Dec 16 2013, 5:42am CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

Mega Millions Jackpot Has No Winners
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The Mega Millions jackpot has no obvious winners yet. This fact alone has raised the sweepstakes from $425 to $550 million.

According to the lottery representatives, the Friday drawing of $425 Mega Millions jackpot lots ended up in no winners whatsoever. This made the final jackpot amount raised to $550 million. The next date set for the selection of the lucky individual who will bag the prize is Tuesday. 

The winning combination for $425 Mega Millions jackpot was the numbers: 19, 24, 26, 27, 70 and 12. The chances of someone snatching the loot are one in 259 million. The law of probability has never been more applicable. 

In fact, the likelihood of an asteroid from outer space hitting someone is a thousand times greater than winning this lottery. That may be one reason the amount in dollars of the prize is so astronomical. But there are obviously some people who will be winners or at least come close to winning. 

The previous year, a prize of $656 Mega Millions jackpot was divided among three winners. Most of the chances of winning this lottery are stacked against the majority though. The law of chance rules and so getting the amount you spent back is a one in fifteen proposition. 

The million dollars which go to the second winner only go to one in 18.5 million. It is a gamble alright. And where there will be a golden winner there will be millions upon millions of leaden losers who will not be so happy. It has been found though that winning lotteries can be quite stressful. So the losing parties at least have that as an alibi and reassurance. 

Source: CNN

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