COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – Tonight’s MegaMillions jackpot will be the third-largest in the game’s history at $415 million and the tenth-largest U.S. jackpot of all time.
The potential payday is drawing some people who rarely play, while others continue with their normal strategies.
“I normally play ten sets of numbers,” says Joe Carter of Columbia, South Carolina as he was buying tickets Friday. He says the size of the jackpot doesn’t change how many tickets he buys.
The odds of winning the jackpot in MegaMillions are better than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot. You have a 1 in 258,890,850 chance of winning the MegaMillions jackpot, while the odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.
The history of the game shows that 4th of July weekend is a lucky time for Mega Millions players. Since Mega Millions began in 2002, there have been four jackpots won around America’s birthday.
• July 2, 2004 – $294 million won in Massachusetts
• July 1, 2011 – $107 million won in Virginia
• July 3, 2012 – $85 million won in New York
• July 5, 2013 – $79 million won in Michigan
DON’T FORGET! WRIC-TV8 is the only place to watch tonight’s drawing at 11 p.m.