The Mega Millions lottery just passed $1 billion for tonight’s drawing.
What does that even look like, when represented by various currencies?
It takes just 6 numbers to win. You can only, however, purchase tickets up until 10:45 ET tonight.
Here it is as represented by pallets of $100 bills
It will be the second-largest lottery jackpot, after the Power Ball lottery of January 2016 that netted nearly $1.6 billion. Of course, there are taxes to be paid, and then, the winner(s) have to decide on whether it’s paid out over time or in one lump sum, which decreases the total received.
I think at my age, I’d take it all at once. You?
Here’s another way to look at it:
So … what are you odds of winning?
That’s a long shot. Compare it to other things:
Odds of being struck by lightning? 1 in 700,000.
Odds of being killed by a meteorite? 1 in 1.6 million.
Odds of being bitten by a shark? 1 in 3.75 million.
Another view of what $1 billion looks like:
And … in $100 bills, $1 million versus $1 billion:
Good luck, whatever you decide to do.