WINNING NUMBERS | Are You A $425-Millionaire?

By: CNN (posted by Greg Palmer)
By: CNN (posted by Greg Palmer)

(CNN/WIBW) The winning numbers are in! Grab your tickets.

If your numbers were 19, 24, 26, 27, 70 with a Mega Ball of 12, I'd love to borrow $5.

The Mega Millions jumped to $425 million Friday, according to Charles Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association. It rolled over for the 20th time after no winner was picked in Tuesday's drawing.

The beefy payout likely has a Pavlovian effect on regular lottery players, but anyone with a modicum of math proficiency knows he might as well set fire to that $1 bill as spend it on a ticket.

Your odds of getting all six numbers correct for the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot are about 1 in 259 million, according to the lottery company. You have more than 1,000 times better chance of an asteroid or comet killing you -- and that's using the long odds, according to Tulane University.

Which is to say, astronomical.

The latest probability is up from the old odds, which were about 1 in 175 million.

Of course, you'd probably have a hard time telling this to the trio from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland who split the record $656 million kitty last year.

It's worth mentioning that you have a one-in-15 chance of winning something, even if it's just getting your dollar back, while the odds of winning the second-place $1 million prize (that is, matching five balls but not the megaball) are about 1 in 18.5 million.

Those numbers are hard for the average person to fathom, so maybe it's easier if we provide you a list of things that are way more likely than collecting a Mega Millions jackpot.

From the Harvard School of Public Health:

• Chances of dying from a bee sting: 1 in 6.1 million.

• Chance you will be die from being struck by lightning: 1 in 3 million.

From the University of Maryland Medical Center:

• Chance of having conjoined twins: 1 in 200,000.

From U.S. Hole in One, which insures golf prizes for holes in one:

• The chance of an amateur golfer making a hole in one on a par-3 hole is about 1 in 12,500.

• The chance of a golfer hitting a hole in one on consecutive par-3 holes: 1 in about 156 million.

From a 2011 State Farm study on collisions between vehicles and deer:

• The chance of hitting a deer with a vehicle in Hawaii, the state where State Farm says deer-vehicle collisions are least likely, is 1 in 6,267.

From the National Weather Service:

• The chance of being struck by lightning over an 80-year lifetime: 1 in 10,000.

From the Florida Museum of Natural History, based on U.S. beach injury statistics in 2000:

• Chance of drowning and other beach-related fatalities: 1 in 2 million.

• Chance of being attacked by a shark: 1 in 11.5 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot numbers will be drawn at 11 p.m. ET Friday.

Good, ahem, luck.


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