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Want to Be a Billionaire? This Lottery Jackpot Is a Good Start

 A man shows his lottery ticket to the reader during the Mega Millions Lottery prize reached 970 million before the drawing in New York.
Photographer: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Mega Millions jackpot just hit a record $970 million for Friday’s drawing, the second-largest U.S. lottery pool ever, trailing only the $1.59 billion Powerball prize in 2016.

While the odds of winning are a daunting 1-in-303 million -- you’re about 20,000 times more likely to be struck by lightning in your lifetime -- it does happen. A group of employees at a Wells Fargo & Co. branch in California won a $543 million Mega Millions jackpot in July.