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Mega Millions jackpot continues to grow

It stands at $415 million
Posted at 6:26 AM, Jul 01, 2016
Do you have the fever? The Mega Millions fever? It's gripping the nation right now.
 
The jackpot is jaw dropping, an estimated $415 million and will give players a shot at the third largest prize in the games history. 
 
"I'm feeling I should win. No need to buy anything everyone because I've got the ticket," says Michelle Johnson of Milwaukee.
 
While the chances of winning the Mega Millions are slim, the odds are one in 259 million, that's not  stopping  a lot of people in Milwaukee from dreaming big.
 
"I'd go on a long vacation and pay some bills!" James Brister said.
 
Believe it or not , the chances of getting struck by lightning, dating a supermodel, or becoming president are all more likely than winning the grand prize. 
 
Richard Lustig has won the Florida lottery seven times.

Here are his tips for buying tickets:

  • Don't leave it up to the machine. Pick your own numbers.  
  • Do your homework. Go online and make sure the set or sets of numbers you play have never come up before.
  • Avoid lottery fever. Even when  jackpots get this high, don't spend money you can't afford to lose.
If the winner decides to take the lump sum payment,  It would be $286 million before taxes.