$640 Million Jackpot Leads to Surge in Lottery Ticket Purchases

Posted on March 30, 2012

The $640 million Mega Millions jackpot is the largest in the world. It has created a ticket stampede. You are exceedingly unlikely to win if you play. The odds of winning the huge jackpot are 1 in 176,000,000. USA Today says you are 176 more likely to be stuck by lightning and 9 times more likely to die from a TV falling on your head than to win the jackpot.

CBS News says 3 million tickets were sold per hour in New York. Americans spent a staggering $100 million on tickets today online. Take a look:

Update: The winning ticket was bought in Maryland.