The estimated Mega Millions Jackpot on Friday, January 13th will be an estimated $1.35 Billion, the second largest in the game's history.
Lottery ticket buyers in Washington, Oregon, and California will have a shot at winning, as each is among the 45 states participating, along with Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands. Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah do not participate.
I'm not a math whiz, but I do believe there is a strategy that pencils out a way to win the $1.35 Billion jackpot. However, it may not be practical or even a solid financial decision.
If you purchase $600 Million worth of tickets, you'd be able to secure every possible number combination, and therefore win the jackpot. Keep in mind that the one-time payout of a little over $700,000,000 wouldn't cover paying yourself back and the tax liability that comes with winning. So, you'd be upside down by a couple hundred million dollars. Not cool.
There was no winner of the Tuesday Mega Millions drawing and therefore nobody became a billionaire. However, there were 16 winners who each won at least $1 Million.
Heck, even winning a free ticket will keep people coming back for more each week.
Mega Millions tickets are available at hundreds of locations throughout Washington, Oregon, and California.
Find locations near you HERE. We've selected three locations, one each from WA, OR, and CA to feature.
When you're in the 'Palm Springs of Washington', you can get lottery tickets at Wray's. There's a service counter staffed to help you – and a vending machine to make it easy.
If you're cruising down Hwy 97 on your way to or coming back from California, this Oregon pit stop can hook you up with lottery tickets and some snacks!
Hey, if you're in town to catch the Seahawks vs 49ers game on Saturday, stop in and get your lottery tickets at the Stop-N-Save. Some think your odds are going to be about as good as Seattle's in the wild card match-up. (I'm predicting a Seahawks victory).