$370 Million

Better stop at the Kwik-E-Mart and buy some lottery tickets on the way home tonight:

Mega Millions officials also raised the estimated payout at midday from $355 million to $370 million, if taken as annuity. The jackpot’s estimated cash option value was $221.1 million, before taxes.

The odds of winning: about 1 in 176 million.

Let’s look at some other odds*:

Getting hemorrhoids: 1 in 25
Death by shark attack: 1 in 300,000,000
Being killed on a 5-mile bus trip: 1 in 500,000,000
Having a meteor land on your house: 1 in 182,138,880,000,000
Finding Rosie O’Donnell attractive: (Really?  Do I have to go there?)

So, basically, what I’m saying is, THERE’S A CHANCE!!!**

(Actually, I guess what I’m saying is that it’s fun to dream, but one shouldn’t get caught up in the “What would I do…” fantasy world.)

* The Internets never lie.  If you feel the need to double-check these numbers and subsequently ridicule my painstaking statistical analysis, I will be forced to smite you.
** No, there’s not.