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What Are Your Chances of Winning the Mega Millions Jackpot

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Let me guess, you went out at lunch today to purchase your Mega Millions Jackpot tickets for tonight’s $550 Million Plus Dollar drawing and now you plan on spending the rest of the day figuring out how you’re gonna spend all that money right?

There’s no doubt that huge jackpot would be one of the greatest Christmas presents in history!

Well, as much as I hate to say it, you’re gonna need a real bona fied Christmas miracle to win it.   Actually the odds of winning are worse than ever.

Things changed back in late October. You used to have to pick five numbers from one to 56. Now that the system has changed, you have to pick five numbers from one to 75.

Plus, you have to pick the one Mega Millions number.

They actually reduced the choices for that. Before you had to choose a number from one through 46, now it’s a number one through 15.

Even with these tweaks, the odds still got worse. They used to be one in 176 million, now they’re one in 259 million.

On the plus side, that means the odds are lower that anyone will win. Which means the jackpot will keep climbing. It could be close to a Billion Dollars just before Christmas.

I know the odds aren’t in your favor, but if you believe in Christmas miracles, you never know.

As Jim Carey’s character Lloyd Christmas in the movie Dumb and Dumber said, when he asked Mary Swanson “What are the chances a guy like you and a girl like me, end up together?” And she replied by saying, “Not good, I’d say one in a Million.” And he said, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!”

Keep the faith, maybe Santa will end up stuffing a wad of cash in your stocking by Christmas after all!

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