One of the biggest lottery prizes in the country rose a little more on Thursday as the Mega Millions jackpot increased to around $1.1 billion.
Rise ahead of Friday night’s draw makes jackpot third largest, behind $1.5 billion awards won in 2018 and 2016.
The Mega Millions prize has become so important because it has been over three months since anyone matched all six numbers in the game and hit the jackpot. This equates to 29 consecutive draws without a winner.
Before rushing to spend $2 on a ticket, keep in mind that the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.
The $1.1 billion The prize is for players who obtain their winnings through an annuity, paid annually over 29 years. Almost all winners take the cash option, which for Friday’s draw is an estimate $648.2 million.
On Thursday, the Chronicle asked followers of its Facebook page: If you haven’t purchased a ticket yet, do you plan to? And, if you win, how would you spend the money?
Here’s how some people responded:
Philip VandeWalker“With that kind of money, I could splurge and fill my gas tank all the way.”
Alicia Manfredi“Definitely buy a ticket and spend (the money) to help families who need housing. Time are difficult for everyone these days.”
Krista Gonzalez“Our office pooled money to gamble. I would retire and buy a second home in Germany.”
Nicole Rice“Buying a ticket. I would pay my medical bills from my brain surgery (over 500,000), pay off all our loans/debts, start funding college for my boys, help struggling family/friends, donate a few million to each of the following charities: Virginia coalition to help homeless vets, battered women’s/children’s shelters, animal shelters and cancer charities. Then I would put the rest in savings.”
British Durbin“Buy a ticket. If I win, I’ll buy every billboard in the county and post bad dad jokes.”
Crystal Grooms: “I would buy this private island.”
Samantha Rochelle“Well, with that much money, I would pay off my debt. Buy a house. Give to charities and certain organizations in Citrus County. Give to each of my family and closest friends. $1 million each, maybe more. Refund the Christmas layaway for random people. Set aside a little in each of my children’s accounts for college and their first home. And save the rest for when I have grandkids or for friends who need help in the future.”
Crystal MacGinnis: “I have two. The first thing I would do would be to cover the medical expenses of the grandmother of my child, Sharon Munroe, who is battling stage 4 cancer. Then I would build the house of our dreams: my parents theirs, my sister hers, my brother his. »
Dale Merrill: “Would immediately create a trust and a foundation. Would buy a beachfront house on the coast of Maine and hire a caretaker for it. Would buy the building for our local Free doctors clinic so that we can save the lives of our local residents who cannot afford health insurance…and would immediately commit armies to collect signatures for an amendment to the FL constitution requiring this state to create a Mental Health and Addictions Department, which would be fully funded and end the current system of not-for-profit mental health and addictions organizations (organizations) that are unable to address the issue.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.