Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?
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Who wants to be a billionaire?
For a $2 ticket, people have a chance to win the Mega Millions record-breaking lottery jackpot of $1.6 billion. The drawing is on Tuesday night in the United States.
Players also have a chance at winning the Powerball jackpot, which is now up to $620 million. That drawing will be on Wednesday night.
Mega Millions is a lottery game played in 44 American states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The winning ticket must match six numbers, from 1 to 70. Several states permit online ticket purchases. Out-of-state or overseas purchases are not permitted.
The first Mega Millions drawing was on May 17, 2002. That winner received a jackpot of $28 million – a small amount compared to this week's jackpot.
The most recent Mega Millions drawing on October 19 was for a jackpot of $1 billion dollars. But no one won. It was the 25th drawing in a row that did not result in a winner.
About 280 million tickets were sold for the October 19 drawing. Those tickets covered 60 percent of all possible number combinations.
So, what are your chances of winning the $1.6-billion jackpot this time?
Very, very small.
The financial website The Motley Fool says the chance of someone winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 302,575,350. The chance is a little better with the Powerball. It is 1 in 292,201,338.
You are more likely to get struck by lightning than win the jackpot, at least in the United States. The National Weather Service says a person has about a 1 in a million chance of getting hit.
You are much more likely to get accepted to Harvard University. The Ivy League school accepted 5 percent of its 39,000 applicants for its 2021 class. That is a 1 in 20 chance.
Americans even have a better chance at becoming president than they do at winning this week's jackpot. The U.S. population is about 326 million. There are about 10 presidents in an average lifetime. So, a person's chances at becoming president are 1 in 32.6 million. However, the U.S. Constitution requires that a person be at least 35 years old and a "natural born citizen" to be elected president.
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只要一张2美元的彩票，人们就有机会赢得超级百万（Mega Millions）创纪录的16亿美元的彩票头奖，开奖时间是美国的周二晚间 。
人们还有机会赢得已累计6.2亿美元的强力球头奖（Powerball jackpot），开奖时间为周三晚间 。
“超级百万”是一种在美国44个州、华盛顿特区以及美属维尔京群岛销售的彩票，中奖的彩票必须准确匹配1到70的6位数字 。有几个州允许网络购买彩票，但是禁止州外以及国外彩民购买 。
上一期的超级百万开奖是在10月19日，头奖金额为10亿美元 。可惜没有人中奖 。这已经是连续第25期没有人中头奖 。
金融网站“傻瓜投资指南”（The Motley Fool）表示，“超级百万”头奖的中奖概率只有302,575,350分之一 。而强力球彩票的中奖机会略高一些，概率为292,201,338分之一 。
至少在美国，被闪电击中的概率比中头奖还大 。美国国家气象局表示，人们被闪电击中的概率为百万分之一 。
你被哈佛大学录取的概率也比中头奖大 。这所常春藤联盟学校2021届的3.9万名申请者中，只有5%被录取，概率只有20分之一 。
美国人当选总统的概率甚至都比本周中头奖的概率大 。美国人口约3.26亿 。人们一生平均要推选约10位总统 。以此类推，一个人当选总统的概率是3260万分之一 。然而，美国宪法规定竞选者需年满35周岁，并且是美国本土出生的公民才能当选总统 。