Mega Millions Lottery Winners are True Americans

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Holy cannoli. Have you been following this Mega Millions madness? The lottery jackpot was at $640 million when the winning numbers were drawn last night (2-4-23-38-46, Mega Ball 23). That's a world record-breaking jackpot and a lot of cash -- enough to put someone right into the 1 percent.

Unfortunately, there were 3 winners last night -- winning tickets were purchased in Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland. They'll have to divvy up the spoils and each person will end up with a meager $213 million (before taxes). Two hundred and thirteen million dollars -- not bad for a day's work.

So who were these lucky stiffs?

Their names haven't been released yet. But while we wait to find out, let's discuss the true magnificence about this whole lottery thing.

The odds of winning were astronomical (176 million to 1). As in, if you bought a ticket, you really didn't have a chance in hell. But who did that stop from buying a ticket? Not any of the dreamers who stood in long lines from coast to coast.

The lottery is apt metaphor for what makes America so great. Even when the odds aren't in our favor, we're willing to throw caution (or at least a few bucks*) to the wind -- and take a chance. (*In fact, lottery players collectively tossed more than $1.46 billion dollars into the jackpot.) And if it looks like we can't accomplish something on our own, we'll team up and pool our resources for a better chance at success (the way so many co-workers and friends pooled their money to buy more tickets and increase their odds). And even today, when the vast majority of us knows we've lost our shot at the big bucks (this time), and there are only 3 among us who have won, we're wondering who those lucky few are. We can't wait to find out and hear their stories -- and be happy for them. We will take joy in their happiness.

And like true Americans, we won't give up. We'll try again. And again. And again. Whether we're playing the lottery or have another goal in mind -- Americans are dreamers, we have hope. We take risks despite the odds. And sometimes, we even win.

Congratulations to the winners!

Did you buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket? Are you dying to find out who won?

 

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Stacey. Stacey.

My guess is one of them will be at least 90.

Jess1... Jess10210

Lucky bastards.

Sidthe Sidthe

213 million is IF and it's a big IF they didn't go and buy say 40 tickets with coworkers/family etc. then it's 213 millions/40 which is still a nice chunk of change... Just saying they had a pot at my work...we obviously didn't win but it would have been wonderful if we had!

linzemae linzemae

I didn't buy one but congrats to the winners!

SwePea SwePea

I didn't buy one. I don't gamble at all & I would hate all the problems that come with having that much money. Long lost cousins would suddenly pop up lol I hope whoever won is someone deserving & smart with money.

nonmember avatar Brooke

My husband surprised my friends and I with a few tickets last night...but no wins for us! And no, I'm not dying to know who they are because they'll need their privacy more than ever now. My friend and I said that if we had won we would have gone straight to the airport!

nonmember avatar Darlene

Good for them just so long as none of the three are illegals in this country. In fact, not even sure if an illigal has ever won the lotto here.

douxm... douxmusique

i'll take anything to pay off my debt and college for the kiddos. anything extra i'll be buying ponies and pretty things to put in their hair. and yes, i absolutely would stencil paint some stairs and rainbows on their butts.

nonmember avatar Bryce

This is probably the worst article I've read in quite some time. Wasting money in a lottery shows Americans are dreamers? That's simply ludicrous. The lottery is a scam, and it clearly works. It shows that the average American isn't clever enough to invest their money wisely, which would eliminate any shred of pleasure that would come from wasting a few dollars in the lottery. Sorry, Suzanne, but your point is sickeningly idealistic. America's on a massive decline, and you think three lucky Average Joes turned millionaires are inspiring? Pathetic.

BUDWA... BUDWARDDIDDLE

i contributed my$1 to their money! I bought 1 ticket. Can't say I didn't try. Wish it was me, but congrats to those who won! All I wish is I had enough to support my son and myself and to live comfortably and not have to worry about food and bills. Nobody needs that much money!

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