What are the chances of winning the Mega Millions today and what is the largest amount ever won to date from one drawing?
The probability of winning the Mega Millions comes with so many variables, it's difficult to provide an exact number.
For example, if there are 20 tickets sold, and you buy 15 of them, then you can say your odds of winning give you a %75 lead. To calculate that specifically on an ever-changing number is impossible, and with the Mega Ball offering 46 different ways to win, one would also need to factor that in to the equation. Fortunately, some clever soul has done the math and came up with the odds at being 1 in 258,890,850.
The guesstimation that you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery can also be questioned, as the 1 in 10,000 odds were calculated based on the US population and doesn't factor in neighbouring countries. Still, though, the odds are not in your favour. The largest jackpot to be won on a single ticket to date is $202.9 million.
If you want to increase your chances of winning, the trick is quite simple - buy more tickets. In fact, if you avoid buying a ticket each week and, instead, put the money aside and buy the month's worth of tickets at once, you can increase your odds for that jackpot ... however small they may be.
the chances in reality are really slim like one in 175,000 people will ever when it though winnin would be nice. and it's rare for someone who actually needs it to win it someone in my hometown won it and they was on a cruise in the bahammas i doubt they where exactly poor