TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – With the start of the new year, some people are dreaming big.
Really big, like $425 million big.
That’s the jackpot amount for the Mega Millions lottery drawing on New Year’s Day. It’s the eighth largest Mega Millions jackpot in the game’s history.
If one ticket hits the jackpot, it would be worth a one-time lump sum cash payout of $248.8 million.
Sadiel Sanchez said he buys lottery tickets often, sometimes once a week. He said he doesn’t have any lucky numbers but thinks the new year may bring him some luck.
“This is a fresh start, new year, new opportunities,” he said.
Tuesday’s drawing will be the fifth time Mega Millions has been drawn on the first day of a new year; the jackpot has been won once on the day – January 1, 2008.
It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the jackpot aren’t good. The chance of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is one in 302.5 million.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
You can watch the Mega Millions drawing Tuesday night during the 11pm news on CBS4, your official lottery station.