Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $540 Million — And Could Go Higher


megamillionsThe Mega Millions lottery hit $540 million on Thursday, and people endured long lines for a chance at winning the hefty jackpot – an amount that could rise as more tickets are sold for today’s drawing.

At a 7-Eleven in the Bronx, Leisa Aspes said she sold at least $1,000 in tickets during the morning rush hour on Thursday. She described conversations at the store as lively, bursting with dreams of winning.

“That’s all people have been talking about all morning,” she told “People are talking about what they would do if they won. I made sure to buy my tickets.”

Nobody matched all six numbers in Tuesday’s regular draw, and the total jackpot has been growing since. With a $540 million total, the lump sum payment is estimated at $389.8 million, according to lottery officials. Winners can also take payments annually for 26 years.

Mega Millions is is played in 42 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Players pay $1 for a ticket and must pick five numbers from 1 to 56 plus a Mega number from 1 to 46 to win the jackpot. The odds of winning are 1 in about 176 million, according to the official Mega Millions website.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won was $390 million in March 2007, when the prize was split between two tickets sold in Georgia and New Jersey.

{US News-MSNBC/ Newscenter}


  1. All the Yeshivo’s should buy at least one ticket. If they win & manage the money correctly, they should be able to survive for a while.