TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - As the mega-lottery jackpots continue to climb, you may wonder just how lucky you would have to be to win the grand prize.
As of 12:45pm on Jan. 4, 2018, the Mega Millions jackpot stands at $445,000,000. If you beat the odds of winning at 1 in 302,575,350 (0.0000000033%) and match all five numbers plus the Mega Ball, you could take home the $277,000,000 cash option.
Powerball has grown to $550,000,000. According to the Powerball website, the odds of winning are just slightly better at 1 in 292,201,338 (0.0000000034%). Match all five numbers and the Power Ball there and the cash option would be $347,900,000. Both jackpots could grow before their respective drawings.
To win them both, your odds are approaching impossible, coming in at 1 in 88,412,922,115,818,300 (that's 1 in 88 quadrillion, 412 trillion, 922 billion 115 million 818 thousand 300) or 0.000000000000000011%.
Let's be honest, it's no secret that the odds are against you. In fact, there are some very improbable things that you're statistically more likely to experience, according to Forbes.
Dating a millionaire - 1 in 215
Writing a best selling novel - 1 in 220
Being injured while using a chainsaw - 1 in 4,644
Being injured by a toilet - 1 in 10,000
Winning an Oscar - 1 in 11,500
Being killed by fireworks- 1 in 616,488
Winning an Olympic gold medal - 1 in 662,000
Being crushed by a meteor - 1 in 700,000
Being struck by lightning - 1 in 2,300,000
Dying from food poisoning - 1 in 3,000,000
Dying from scalding hot tap water- 1 in 5,000,000
Becoming President- 1 in 10,000,000
Being attacked by a shark - 1 in 11,500,000
Becoming an astronaut - 1 in 12,100,000
Becoming a saint - 1 in 20,000,000
Perfectly predicting the March Madness bracket - 1 in 128,000,000,000
You're also statistically more likely to:
Become a saint and get struck by lighting - 1 in 46,000,000,000,000
Becoming President and getting bitten by a shark - 1 in 115,000,000,000,000
Getting struck by lightning and win an Oscar plus an Olympic gold medal - 1 in 76,130,000,000,000
While the odds of winning the jackpot may be minuscule, the odds against winning a smaller price aren't quite as astronomical.
According to the Powerball.com, here are your odds to win a prize:
Match the Power Ball to win $4 - 1 in 38.32
Match one number and the Power Ball to win $4 - 1 in 91.98
Match three numbers without the Power Ball to win $7 - 1 in 579.76
Match two numbers and the Power Ball to win $7 - 1 in 701.33
Match three numbers and the Power Ball to win $100 - 1 in 14,494.11
Match four numbers without the Power Ball to win $100 - 1 in 36,525.17
Match four numbers and the Power Ball to win $50,000 - 1 in 913,129.18
Match five numbers without the Power Ball and win $1,000,000 - 1 in 11,688,053.52
Match five numbers and the Power Ball and win the jackpot - 1 in 292,201,338
As for Mega Millions, here are the odds according to MegaMillions.com:
Match the Mega Ball to win $2 - 1 in 37
Match one number and the Mega Ball to win $4 - 1 in 89
Match three numbers without the Mega Ball to win $10 - 1 in 606
Match two numbers and the Mega Ball to win $10 - 1 in 693
Match three numbers and the Mega Ball to win $200 - 1 in 14,547
Match four numbers without the Mega Ball to win $500 - 1 in 38,792
Match four numbers and the Mega Ball to win $10,000 - 1 in 931,001
Match five numbers without the Mega Ball and win $1,000,000 - 1 in 12,607,306
Match five numbers and the Mega Ball and win the jackpot - 1 in 302,575,350
You get the idea. No matter the odds, many of us are betting on big bucks, spending $2 for a chance to bring millions more home.
When the jackpot for either Mega Millions or Powerball grows over $200,000, you can catch the drawing live on 13abc Action News at 11:00pm. Mega Millions drawings take place Tuesday and Friday nights. Powerball drawing takes place 13abc is your official Ohio Lottery station.