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Roundup: Mega Millions Worth $540 Million

Posted By Jim On 03/30/2012 @ 12:38 pm In Personal Finance | 21 Comments

The Mega Millions [3] drawing scheduled for tonight at 11 PM has a record breaking prize – $540 million (update: $640 million!), $389 million if you choose the lump sum over the annuity. The tickets are just a buck and you pick six numbers. Of the first five, you pick from a number between 1 and 56; for the sixth you choose from between 1 and 46. Match all six, win the entire prize. Match fewer than all six and you can still win.

Here’s the prize table:

Match 1st 5 # Match 6th # Prize Odds
5 1 Jackpot 1 in 175,711,536
5 0 $250,000 1 in 3,904,701
4 1 $10,000 1 in 689,065
4 0 $150 1 in 15,313
3 1 $150 1 in 13,781
3 0 $7 1 in 306
2 1 $10 1 in 844
2 0 $10 1 in 844
1 1 $3 1 in 75
0 1 $2 1 in 75

The odds of winning anything is 1 in 40 and you can buy a ticket up until 10:45 PM! You playing?

Have a great weekend and good luck if you’re playing the Mega Millions!


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