Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?Skill Level 4, Published on: Oct 24, 2018
Who wants to be a billionaire?
For a $2 ticket, people have a chance to win the Mega Millions record-breaking lottery jackpot of $1.6 billion. The drawing is on Tuesday night in the United States.
Players also have a chance at winning the Powerball jackpot, which is now up to $620 million. That drawing will be on Wednesday night.
Mega Millions is a lottery game played in 44 American states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The winning ticket must match six numbers, from 1 to 70. Several states permit online ticket purchases. Out-of-state or overseas purchases are not permitted.
The first Mega Millions drawing was on May 17, 2002. That winner received a jackpot of $28 million – a small amount compared to this week’s jackpot.
The most recent Mega Millions drawing on October 19 was for a jackpot of $1 billion dollars. But no one won. It was the 25th drawing in a row that did not result in a winner.
About 280 million tickets were sold for the October 19 drawing. Those tickets covered 60 percent of all possible number combinations.
So, what are your chances of winning the $1.6-billion jackpot this time?
Very, very small.
The financial website The Motley Fool says the chance of someone winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 302,575,350. The chance is a little better with the Powerball. It is 1 in 292,201,338.
You are more likely to get struck by lightning than win the jackpot, at least in the United States. The National Weather Service says a person has about a 1 in a million chance of getting hit.
You are much more likely to get accepted to Harvard University. The Ivy League school accepted 5 percent of its 39,000 applicants for its 2021 class. That is a 1 in 20 chance.
Americans even have a better chance at becoming president than they do at winning this week’s jackpot. The U.S. population is about 326 million. There are about 10 presidents in an average lifetime. So, a person’s chances at becoming president are 1 in 32.6 million. However, the U.S. Constitution requires that a person be at least 35 years old and a “natural born citizen” to be elected president.
Read the following vocabulary with your teacher.
lottery (n.) /ˈlɑːtəri/ - a way of raising money for a government, charity, etc., in which many tickets are sold and a few of the tickets are chosen by chance to win prizes
- a national lottery
jackpot (n.) /ˈʤækˌpɑːt/ - a usually large amount of money won in a game of chance
- The lottery jackpot is up to one million dollars.
drawing (n.) /ˈdrɑːɪŋ/ - an act of choosing something (such as a winning ticket) from a group without knowing which one you are choosing
- Who won the (prize) drawing?
applicant (n.) /ˈæplɪkənt/ - someone who formally asks for something (such as a job or admission to a college) : someone who applies for something
- We interviewed 30 qualified applicants for the job.
in a row (n.) /ˈroʊ/ - following one after another
- There are three blue houses in a row.
average (n.) /ˈævrɪʤ/ - ordinary or usual
- The average woman lives longer than the average man.
Answer these questions about the article.
- How much is the lottery ticket?
- How much is the Jackpot?
- How many stats plays Mega Milions?
- What is the chance of winning?
Fill in the blanks
Fill in the blanks with the correct word listed below.
jackpot, drawing, applicant
- When is the ______ for the prize?
- He is the youngest _______ we have in the process of recruiting.
- Oh my, he has won the _______!
Have a discussion on following questions.
- Do you play lottery?
- Have you ever played a game of fortune?
- Do you gamble?
- Is lottery a gambling?
- Is there a national lottery in your country?