With Mega Millions on the line, a mathematician breaks down your chances

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Meanwhile, the grand prize for Friday's Mega Millions drawing has climbed to a new record of $900 million, or $494 million cash.

In fact, this July when Mega Millions paid its last jackpot, it was worth more than $543 million, which is the ninth-largest jackpot in US history.

Each $2 Mega Millions ticket nets you a 1 in 302.5 million shot at the fortune, which has been accumulating since the last jackpot win in July.

There were no winners in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing for a $667 million jackpot.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

With no winners for Wednesday's drawing, the Powerball is now worth an estimated $430 million for Saturday's drawing.

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The potential winnings are so large New Yorkers lining up to buy tickets had plans for spending only a small fraction of the fortune. Since that change, three of the six largest Mega Millions jackpots have been paid out.

"Ultimately, these games, they're all about the jackpots", Gordon Medenica, Maryland's lottery and gaming director, said Wednesday.

If you want to find out if you picked some or all of the Mega Millions winning numbers this week, go to megamillions.com or lottery.net after the drawing. Players get five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega number between 1 and 25.

You must match all five numbers plus the Mega number to win the grand prize.

The winning numbers were 3, 57, 64, 68, and 69.

Among the throngs dreaming of what to do with potential winnings was Erica Young, who works in the Manhattan hotel industry, and who made a decision to buy a ticket a day ahead of the drawing.

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