(CNN Spanish) — What would you do if you win the lottery? A lucky person in Illinois won the Mega Millions jackpot that grew to $1.34 billion based on last-minute sales on Friday.
The winning ticket was sold at a Speedway in Des Plaines, IL, according to the Illinois Lottery. However, there is no word yet on the winner.
The $1.34 billion prize, the second-highest lottery jackpot in history, has a cash value of $780 million, according to Harold Mays, director of the Illinois Lottery.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $1,537,000 million and the winning ticket was sold in South Carolina on October 23, 2018, the third largest was $1,050,000 million which was won in Michigan on October 22 January 2021.
However, the highest figure so far is held by a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot, which was won on January 13, 2016.
Four Mega Millions jackpots were won this year in Tennessee, California, New York and Minnesota.
How likely is it to win the Mega Millions jackpot?
The odds of winning the Mega Millions are “dismal,” says CNN’s Harry Enten.
The odds of winning the lottery jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million per ticket, according to Enten. You are more likely to be struck by lightning or the Buffalo Bills to win the Super Bowl.
Look at this data:
- The chance of being struck by lightning this year is 1 in 1.2 million.
- The probability of being born on February 29 is 1 in 1,461
- The probability of the Buffalo Bills winning the Super Bowl in 2023 is 1 in 6.5.
How often is the lottery played in the United States?
Although the chances of winning the lottery jackpot are slim, there is a percentage of people in the United States who continue to play, perhaps because dreaming of winning millions is much better than nothing.
If you’re wondering how much Americans play the lottery, check out these stats:
- Once a week 7%
- Once or twice a month 9%
- A few times a year 15%
- Hardly ever 26%
- Never 42%
The truths of winning the lottery
Contrary to what many might think about the fact that winning the lottery does not give you happiness, Eten breaks with a series of myths about this game and proposes the following:
- You are still a millionaire 10 years after winning
- You experience sustained satisfaction in life
- You take more vacations but you don’t leave your job
What would you do if you win the lottery?
With reporting from CNN’s Harry Enten, Tina Burnside, Brianna Keilar and John Berman