In honor of that, let's break down the numbers:
If there is one winning ticket, the winning can choose $636 million over 30 years or the winner will receive approximately $341.2 million (cash option before taxes.)
The annuity is equal to:
Year 1 – a full-time job that pays $4,602 per hour
Year 30 – a full-time job that pays $18,944 per hour
If there is no winner tonight, Friday’s jackpot will be $950 Million. Yes, that is correct - $950 Million.
Since the game started in Arkansas, several large prizes have been awarded, including three $1,000,000 prizes, one $500,000 prize, 13 $250,0000 prizes, two $125,000 prizes and 88 prizes ranging from $10,000 - $40,000.
This jackpot has been growing since Oct. 1, when a player in Maryland won matched all the numbers.
Now for the reality check before you blow all your Christmas cash on tickets. The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 259 million.