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Confused by huge Mega Millions prize? Here are some answers


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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Now that the Mega Millions lottery jackpot has topped $1 billion, plenty of people who rarely play the game are considering risking $2 or joining an office pool in hopes of an immense payoff. It's only the fourth time a lottery game has reached such heights. Buying a ticket is easy, but it’s easy to be confused about the odds, how the prizes are set and how the winnings will eventually be paid out. Keep in mind that your chances of winning the jackpot always remain one in 302.5 million, regardless of the value of the prize. You do increase your odds of winning if you buy more tickets but however many you purchase, your odds remain exceedingly small.



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