# What are the chances of winning the Mega Millions and who's won the most

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.