Even Billionaires Want to Win Mega Millions

Odds: 175M to 1, but why let that stop you?

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    The giant lottery jackpot waiting for a winner in Friday's drawing is sure to draw gamblers not used to waiting in lines.

    A jackpot of $325 million -- pretty soon you're talking about real money.

    Unfortunately for the millions of folks who participated in Tuesday night's drawing, nobody got all six numbers, allowing the pot to swell from $252 million to the nearly unprecedented $325 million. The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever was $390 million, which was paid out in March 2007.

    The winning numbers on Tuesday were: 3, 12, 19, 22, 40 and the Mega number was 2.

    Unfortunately, none of us had it.

    The drawing was the 14th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold. A ticket sold in New York for the July 7 draw had all six numbers and was worth $133 million.

    Tuesday's drawing was for a whopping $252 million. That's the biggest pot in 18 months.

    And it looks like it's going to get bigger.

    Mega Millions is played in 11 states outside California, so the competition is stiff. We were up against relatives and friends in Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

    The odds of winning? Not good. They are more than 175 million to one.

    More than 95 percent of California lottery ticket sale money is returned to the community in education funding, prizes and retail commissions, according to the organization. Since the lottery was created in 1985, it has contributed almost $21 billion of its $56 billion in total sales to California schools.