Better Odds: Mega Millions Or Asteroid?

By  Al Macias
December 16, 2013

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is close to $600 million for Tuesday's drawing.

The Mega Millions jackpot has rolled over 21 times. Up until Oct. 22, your odds of winning the big prize was 176,000,000-to-1, but after that, the odds jumped to 259,000,000-to-1 because players had more numbers to draw from for their first five picks.

But at the same time, the pool of numbers for the sixth pick was reduced, meaning the chance of winning a smaller prize has gotten better.

Since the changes, no one has won the Mega Millions jackpot and the Arizona Lottery’s Karen Bach says that is driving interest

"Typically on draw day we see a traffic increase. I can tell you that last Friday we were selling 100,000 tickets an hour," Bach said.

On Monday, that pace had jumped to 170,000 tickets an hour, and is expected to pick up even more today.

If there is a winner and that person opts for the cash payout the praise would be about $316 million. Just to keep it in perspective, statisticians say you have a better chance of getting hit by a meteor or asteroid.