Transcript for Mega Mania: Lottery Jackpot Is Worth More Than Half-a-Billion Dollars
Next here tonight, that lottery jackpot that could be heading towards a billion dollars. You can see from the countdown clock the drawing is tomorrow night and $586 million and growing right now, but have new odds made it nearly impossible to win or can you increase your luck? Here's abc's linsey davis. Reporter: Move over santa, millions are banking on mega millions to deliver their ultimate christmas gift this year. The $586 million jackpot is the second largest in mega mill yans history. If you are not in it you can't win it. Reporter: Ever since mega millions changed the game by increasing the number of balls in the drawing, there by decreasing the chances of winning, no one has won. Since october 1st, there have been 2raight drawings without a winner, quickly approaching the longest streak of winless drawings back in 2000, which was 25. You now have only a 1 in 259 chance of winning mega millions, the worst odds of any american lottery ever. Still, statisticians say someone's bound to win eventually. The higher the lottery value is, the more people who are interested in playing. We find that the more people who play is you get a really, really decent problem ability of a winner. Reporter: As tradition would have it, this past friday the 13th proved unlucky. 168 million tickets were sold, which meant there was a 47% chance oving a winner, yet no one won. Lottery officials expect that by the next drawing, roughly 70% of the possible number combinations will be in play. If you win tomorrow with a $316.5 million cash option, your net worth would be higher than beyonce. If the jackpot does indeed roll over two more times, a billion dollar christmas eve win could be an estimated $540 million cash payout. Your net worth would be higher than will smith, bruce springsteen and derek jeter combined. How is that for a merry christmas? When we come back, a holiday
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