I"m fairly certain that I'm not the only one who day dreams about winning the lottery.  It usually happens to me when I'm feeling financially insecure or when I see a neighbor drive by with a fancy sports car.   Envy?  Yes!

I was at our neighborhood 7-11 last night buying a couple of gallons of milk and remembered that Mega Millions was inching closer to a record jackpot - which I think is 390 million.   So, I told the clerk to throw a ticket on my tab.   I joked with him and said that it was the winning ticket.  He responded and said in a very serious tone, "I hope so, because that means I'll get a bonus".   He then proceeded to bless my ticket - "Lord bless this ticket and this man, let them be winners".   No joke - he really blessed me and the ticket.   If for some lucky, shot in hell, crazy luck reason I win tonight -  I'll be dropping in to share some of the winnings with him.   Here's a few fascinating facts about Mega Millions.

If you are a Mega Millions jackpot winner, you will have the choice of a Cash Option or an Annual Payout. Annuity option: Provides annual payments over a 26-year period. For every $1,000,000 in the jackpot, you will receive approximately $38,500 per year before taxes.  So, if you won the 363 Million tonight you would receive approx. $13,975,500 a year for 26 years (minus taxes)!  Cash option: A one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool. Prize claim parameters vary from state to state.  This time the cash out option is about 259 million.  I'm thinking I'll take the cash out option.   You?

Winning numbers will be drawn tonight at 7:45 p.m. get them HERE.   Oh, and bless you and your ticket!



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