Could you imagine winning a billion dollars? It might happen if nobody wins the Mega Millions jackpot tonight or Friday night. Yesterday, the pot grew by another 36-million dollars due to ticket sales that have gone through the roof. The top prize for tonight is now 586-million dollars.
Wisconsin players have been sharing the Mega Millions' fever, but not with a lot of success. Nobody from the Badger State won more than five-thousand dollars in the most recent game last Friday night. Still, 133-thousand Wisconsin players won something -- almost five times as many winners as the week before.
Officials say the jackpot might go up one more time before tonight's drawing. By then, the lead director for Mega Millions -- Paula Otto -- says about 70-percent of the 259-million possible number combinations will be on somebody's tickets. That means there's around a 30-percent chance that nobody will win the top prize tonight. Otto says two more rollovers could raise the jackpot to a billion dollars on Christmas Eve. The current jackpot is the fourth-largest in U-S history, and it's not far from the world-record lottery prize of 656-million-dollars in a Mega Millions' drawing in March of 2012.
The game changed its number combinations in October to make it harder to win the top prize, but easier to win any prize.