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Your chances of winning the Mega Millions

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on March 29, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 7:40 PM

Have you heard? The Mega Millions jackpot is now $540 million dollars, and climbing! Are you dreaming of how you'd spend that money? I have to admit I have been. Everyone seems to be talking about it.

Before you start spending it all in your head... the cold hard truth is, the odds of winning are enough to stomp all over our dreams!

Today, I read that the odds of winning the drawing this Friday are one in 176 million. We had another factoid on our morning news today that depressed me a bit. Your chances of hitting two holes in one - in the same round of golf - are 19 times higher than your chances of picking the winning numbers. If you play golf, you know how ridiculous that really is.  

But you know what? Somebody has to win, eventually. Why can't it be you, or me? I still plan to buy a ticket. If not only to dream!