Mega Millions – the rules changed
The Mega Millions jackpots are just getting larger and everyone from all around the world wants their share. However, some say that chances for us normal folk look bleak.
My chances — and yours — of winning are worse than ever.
“It’s completely unfair. They’re making it harder to win so the jackpots get bigger and more people play.” These were the words of Cypress resident Evangelista, a frequent lottery player.
Even though I do think that you have a better chance of tripping over a bar of gold on your way to the shop, I love buying lotto tickets and I love the butterflies I get every time before I check my ticket. I can’t say that I love what happens after that – but still, I buy a ticket every week.
It’s fun to dream of becoming an overnight millionaire and even though the Mega Millions have ridiculous odds, it offers people like me an affordable way to dream big.
What Evangelista, (53) was referring to in his statement was the decision to change the rules of Mega Millions. The odds of you winning the Mega Millions jackpot use to be 1 in 176 million. They are now 1 in 259 million. The reason being this: you use to pick six numbers that range from 1 to 56, but now have to pick 6 numbers that range from 1 to 75.
The NEW Mega Millions Explained
John Garnett, a UCLA math professor, explained that the changes mean that “for every three winners under the old system, now there will be two. It’s harder to win the Mega Millions jackpot now. But games have to be reinvented every now and then to keep people’s interest.”
Evangelista has been playing for years. He says that he spends at least 8 dollars a week on Mega Millions, SuperEnaLotto, or Powerball lotteries.
He estimates that he won about 20 dollars over the years. However, he said that in order to catch up, he only needs to win one jackpot.
Even though the odds are long – his hopes are high. And so are mine. And so should yours.
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