The $640 million jackpot is the largest in the game’s history. The winning numbers will be announced during the broadcast of WABC-Channel 7’s 11 p.m. newscast, and of course you’ll find the results on SILive.com.
“It has been overwhelming the number of people who have came in to our store in the last few days to buy Mega Millions tickets,” said Sandy Gordon of K & S Bagels on Clove Road in Grasmere. “Customers have been pulling out all the stops for a chance to become rich.” She said one of the store’s regulars paid more than $200 for tickets.
Similar scenes have been unfolding all over Staten Island lately.
Some information to consider before you pick your numbers:
• The most frequent numbers to ever appear in the Mega Millions since 2005 are 20, 29, 31, 36, 48, 51, 52 and 53, with 48 showing up the most in drawings, appearing 11.98% of the time, winning a grand total of 87 times.
• The least frequent numbers to ever appear in the Mega Millions since 2005 are 23, 32, 34, 37, 41, 47, 49, and 55, with 41 being the least appearing number, appearing 6.61% of the time, only winning 48 times.
Source: Lottery website vnutz.com
Businesses are getting in on the act, as workers throw their money on the table and form office lottery pools. Chris Brown was spotted at Port Richmond’s Honey Bee deli yesterday afternoon buying $400 worth of tickets for his co-workers at New York Pepsi Distributors.
“As a company, I think that most of us would retire if we win, with myself using the drawing money in a positive way and going back to school and donating some if it to various charities,” said Brown.
(Memo to office workers: Make sure you avoid the fate of a lottery crew in New Jersey and pick a co-worker you can trust. In that case, a man cheated five co-workers out of their share of lottery winnings, claiming he bought 12 tickets for himself alone, even though everyone consistently chipped in for two tickets apiece. It took three years for a jury to rule in the group’s favor.)
When it comes to strategy, lottery players often choose familiar numbers, including birthdays. But the sentimental strategy means you’re more likely to share your loot with other winners.
“Everyone was born in a month from one to 12, and days are one to 31, ignoring the late 30s and 40s,” Michael Shackleford, gaming mathematician and actuary told ABC Networks. “If someone were picking birthdays, they have a greater chance to split it with other birthday pickers.”
The half a billion dollar prize is payable as an annuity over 26 years. If the winner wants a one-time, lump-sum payment, it would be $370 million — before taxes.
For more information on tomorrow night’s drawing, visit The Official New York Lottery Website.