The Mega Millions jackpot is sitting at $654 million.

I'll be the first to admit it, I'm not very lucky. When I travel to Las Vegas I spend my money on food, drinks, and entertainment. During my last trip, I didn't slug a single quarter into even one slot machine. I already know the outcome. I won't win. However, the new recording setting Mega Millions jackpot even has me thinking about springing for $5 bucks in tickets.

The multi-state Mega Millions lottery, which Colorado is a part, is on track to pay out record amounts. The current total is just $2 million short of the lottery's record.

 

The massive amounts are a result of a long jackpot dry spell. The last Mega Millions jackpot winner was back on July 24. A group of California co-workers pooled their money and cashed in bigtime!  The 11 winners shared $543 million in cash! That was the largest payout ever on a single winning ticket.

It’s so exciting for our players, and all of us, to see the Mega Millions jackpot getting so close to an all-time record level,” says Gordon Medenica, Director of the Mega Millions Consortium. “With a little luck, we may still break that record."

In case you're wondering the cash payout on the current $654 million dollar jackpot would be $372 million. Now for the bad news, the odds of winning that sum are 302,575,350 to 1. However, as they say, "you can't win if you don't play."

 

The Mega Millions game is played in 44 states counting Colorado, plus Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. "Jackpot fever is definitely sweeping the country!” says Medenica. What the heck, I better blow my $5 and hope for the best. You never know... yes I do but I'll play anyway.

Credit: 9News