What happens if you win Mega Millions' $1.6B jackpot?

Muriel Colon
October 24, 2018

What happens if you win Mega Millions' $1.6B jackpot?

And probably buy a house and new vehicle, she said Monday morning while working as a cashier at the Shell gas station on Third and Joliet streets, La Salle. But she says that its likely that whoever wins will have to share the pot.

Other attorneys and lottery officials agree, though they acknowledge it can seem silly to draw up agreements and copy ticket stubs given the dismal odds of actually winning.

What would her customers do with the winning ticket?

Each ticket can hold up to 10 sets of numbers and his stack was over and inch thick.

For all the anticipation about whether someone will finally snag the enormous Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, the games come down to two things: simple math and very long odds.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2.00 per play. "We're selling a lot of a lot of tickets", said Casimer Vermac with Cold Case Beverage.

"They're trying to hit it big, and buy whatever tickets they can", Henderson said. Almost all winners take the cash option, which was about $904n as of Monday morning.

The biggest quirk starts with this fact: The advertised $1.6 billion Mega Millions prize - the world's largest ever lottery jackpot - and $620 million Powerball prize aren't quite real. "You never know", said Matt McDermott of Exeter.

Odds are, someone within earshot is hatching a plan to buy mansions and yachts as long as a city block.

"The bankruptcy rate of people who win the lottery or the Powerball are three to five times higher than the average American", Dale Payne said. "I'll probably buy an island and go ahead and get out of here", said Paul Minor.

Just stop somewhere - a coffee shop, the grocery store checkout, or your office - and listen. He says many say go on vacation, give to family or charity.

"I don't gamble, but this time I'll try my luck", said Kaumil Patel on Monday morning while managing at E&B Tobacco & Liquor, La Salle.

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