Cross your fingers, rub your rabbit’s foot and find a four-leaf clover, preferably all at the same time, because you’re going to need all the luck you can get if you’re hoping to win tonight’s Mega Millions lottery drawing.
The jackpot has soared to $636 million. If only one person wins and chooses the cash option, the winner could walk away with $341 million before taxes. Take a moment to let that sink in. That’s a lot of cash.
For reference, that’s more than the top three highest earning celebrities made last year combined ($320 million), according to Forbes, which tallied their pay between June 2012 and June 2013.
1. Madonna – $125 million
2. Steven Spielberg – $100 million
3. Howard Stern – $95 million
4. E.L. James – $95 million
5. Simon Cowell – $95 million
6. James Patterson – $91 million
7. Glenn Beck – $90 million
8. Michael Bay – $82 million
9. Jerry Bruckheimer – $80 million
10. Lady Gaga – $80 million
Of course, these numbers are the amounts the celebs made last year — not their net worth. Even if you win, Madonna almost certainly still has more money than you. But chances are you wouldn’t turn down that $341 million, right?
So good luck, Godspeed, may the odds be ever in your favor and all that stuff. You’re going to need it.