Nobody has won the Mega Millions since July 24 and the estimated jackpot for Tuesday night's drawing is the largest in lottery history at $1.6 billion.
Odds are great that you were among the millions of ticket-holding hopefuls disappointed when you didn't win Saturday's drawing. But let's be honest: we're all aware that the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.
In fact, the odds of winning the $2 you spend to buy a ticket is 1 in 37, which is among the best odds you have to win anything in the Mega Millions.
The Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service is using tonight's record-breaking drawing to remind people of ways Mother Nature is more likely to kill you.
Watch out for those California earthquakes, Minnesota...
A simple Google search reveals a bunch of other things more likely to kill you, albeit it's entirely dependent on where you live and where you visit.
I don't think we have to worry about a shark attack, for example, but then again, Minnesota has plenty of Florida snowbirds...
- Shark attack: 300,000,000 to 1
- Fairground accident: 300,000,000 to 1
- Falling coconut: 250,000,000 to 1
- Plane crash: 11,000,000 to 1
- Nuclear radiation: 10,000,000 to 1
- Snake bite: 3,500,000 to 1
- Food poisoning: 3,000,000 to 1
- Falling out of bed: 2,000,000 to 1
Apparently 80-150 people die every year from falling coconuts. That's nuts.
Now if you'll excuse us, we need to make a run to the gas station for some Mega Millions tickets.