'Tis the season for New Year's resolutions.

Some common ones: dry January, get to the gym, eat healthy, travel, read an entire book, listen to more of the Buzz Adams Morning Show... etc.

Most resolutions are well-intended, but they are poorly executed and often falter.

If you have a hard time sticking to those resolutions (like me) - why not try winning the lottery instead?

There was no winner in the $565 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing Tuesday night, so that leaves one more drawing in 2022 -- and it's a big one.

It's estimated Friday night's jackpot will be $640 million in the final Mega Millions drawing before the other ball drops in New York City Saturday night.

If you hit the jackpot, it's estimated you'd take home $328 million in cash after taxes. Not a bad way to start out 2023 if you ask me.

This isn't something very common. In fact, this will be the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever in the final drawing of the year -- and it "could provide someone with a very happy New Year's celebration," according to the lottery website.

This will also be only the sixth time in the lottery's history a Mega Millions jackpot exceeds $600 million.

But of course, here's the catch. Your odds of winning (matching all five white balls and the yellow Mega Ball) are almost zilch.

Try about 1 in 302 million.

So maybe you're feeling lucky. Match six balls, then watch the big ball drop as a MEGA millionaire.

And if you're curious, here are the top Mega Millions jackpots to date according to the lottery website:

AmountDateWinning Tickets
$1.537 billion10/23/20181-SC
$1.337 billion7/29/20221-IL
$1.050 billion1/22/20211-MI
$656 million3/30/20123-IL, KS, MD
$648 million12/17/20132-CA, GA
$640 million (est)12/30/2022?
$543 million7/24/20181-CA
$536 million7/8/20161-IN
$533 million3/30/20181-NJ
$522 million6/7/20191-CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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