Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Bloomberg Customers


Mega Millions: The Odds of Hitting the Jackpot

Tonight’s Mega Millions drawing is the biggest jackpot ever: $640 million, which has been growing since an Atlanta woman last hit it big and won $72 million on Jan. 24. That’s a strangely long dry spell. Chances are someone’s going to win soon, if not tonight. But don’t get your hopes up. The odds are 176 million to 1. You’re more likely to die from being crushed by a vending machine. People are still snapping up an average of 14 million tickets an hour, though. At a dollar apiece, there’s not much to lose. Unless you’re buying in bulk, like the Washington Wizards’ Chris Singleton, who says he’s buying $10,000 worth of tickets. Just in case you think you might be preternaturally lucky (or unlucky), here’s a rundown of some other long odds.

Data: Book of Odds
Daniel is graphics director for Bloomberg Businessweek. Follow her on Twitter @jenniferdaniel.
Philips is an associate editor for Bloomberg Businessweek in Washington. Follow him on Twitter @matthewaphilips.

blog comments powered by Disqus