Posted January 4, 2011 by 1KnonOCoKhet in News

Mega Millions up to $355 million, Second Largest Jackpot in History

What are the odds of winning the Mega Millions?

“1 in 176 million,” according to Carolyn Hapeman, a spokeswoman for New York State’s lottery division.

Tonight’s mega millions is set at a whopping $355 million. That’s a serious amount of money at stake!

Even if you don’t play the lotto regularly, even if you doubt the odds of winning, even if don’t care, you need to play today! Take your last dollar and bet it on this. You never know!

The winner of the $355 million jackpot can accept it as a $224 million lump sum or in smaller installments over a period of time. Of course, most greedy people take the cash option, which is taxed.

Tonight, with that cash option, a winner would take home about $112 million. That’s still a lot of money. Think of the possibilities…

If you won this money, what would you spend it on? It’s almost like asking, If you had ’24 Hours to Live…where would you go, what would you do, who would you screw?’ (Mase lyric)

Would you take it as one large sum or accept it as monthly installments? Would you up and disappear?

You do know the myth right, that you are cursed after you win the lottery? Supposedly, a string of bad luck will follow you.

The most infamous case of the Lottery Curse is that of Andrew Whittaker who won the $315 million Powerball in 2002. According to CNNMoney, after hitting the jackpot he was hit with lawsuits, divorce, theft and “the untimely deaths of his daughter and granddaughter.”

That’s scary to think about. I’m not superstitious, but you should at least assume that all of your friends and family will come out of the woodwork expecting a hand-out.

However, take a second to forget about the curse and just imagine the tangible possiblities, and then play!

The drawing is tonight at 11pm. In order to win, you must hit the first five numbers AND the mega ball.

Tonight’s jackpot is the second highest in the history of the multi-state lottery.The largest was $390 million in March 2007.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, If the jackpot rolls over, pulling no winner tonight, the new amount will be an estimated $480 million…

I know. Just breath. And take a chance. @SelenaBailey