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Astronomical Lottery Odds Not Detering St. Joseph Sales

The Mega Millions jackpot reached 636 million dollars on Tuesday. People around the country dreamed big, despite the low odds of winning.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The Mega Millions jackpot reached 636 million dollars on Tuesday. People around the country dreamed big, despite the low odds of winning.

"Probably do some traveling," Maureen Miller said.

The odds of winning the 636 million dollar jackpot is 1 in 259 million.

In other words, you're more likely to get killed by a vending machine, which is 1 in 112 million odds.

You also have a much better chance of getting struck by an asteroid at 1 in 700,000 odds.

"But somebody will win," Financial Planner Dan Danford said.

Danford recommends the winner should wait to come forward so they can meet with a lawyer and financial planner.

"Try to impose some discipline from the very beginning," he said. "There really are defined ways to take care of large sums of money."

He recommends taking a look at organizations like University's who have massive endowments.

The big payout is also good for the lottery.

Paula Neely is a sales rep for the Missouri Lottery and said this is an exciting time for them.

"We have goals to meet just like any other business and this will help us reach our goal for education," Neely said.
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