Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?

2018-10-23

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  • This is What's Trending Today...
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  • Who wants to be a billionaire?
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  • For a $2 ticket, people have a chance to win the Mega Millions record-breaking lottery jackpot of $1.6 billion.
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  • The drawing is on Tuesday night in the United States.
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  • Players also have a chance at winning the Powerball jackpot, which is now up to $620 million.
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  • That drawing will be on Wednesday night.
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  • Mega Millions is a lottery game played in 44 American states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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  • The winning ticket must match six numbers, from 1 to 70.
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  • Several states permit online ticket purchases.
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  • Out-of-state or overseas purchases are not permitted.
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  • The first Mega Millions drawing was on May 17, 2002.
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  • That winner received a jackpot of $28 million - a small amount compared to this week's jackpot.
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  • The most recent Mega Millions drawing on October 19 was for a jackpot of $1 billion dollars.
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  • But no one won. It was the 25th drawing in a row that did not result in a winner.
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  • About 280 million tickets were sold for the October 19 drawing.
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  • Those tickets covered 60 percent of all possible number combinations.
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  • So, what are your chances of winning the $1.6-billion jackpot this time?
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  • Very, very small.
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  • The financial website The Motley Fool says the chance of someone winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 302,575,350.
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  • The chance is a little better with the Powerball. It is 1 in 292,201,338.
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  • You are more likely to get struck by lightning than win the jackpot, at least in the United States.
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  • The National Weather Service says a person has about a 1 in a million chance of getting hit.
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  • You are much more likely to get accepted to Harvard University.
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  • The Ivy League school accepted 5 percent of its 39,000 applicants for its 2021 class.
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  • That is a 1 in 20 chance.
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  • Americans even have a better chance at becoming president than they do at winning this week's jackpot.
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  • The U.S. population is about 326 million.
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  • There are about 10 presidents in an average lifetime.
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  • So, a person's chances at becoming president are 1 in 32.6 million.
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  • However, the U.S. Constitution requires that a person be at least 35 years old and a "natural born citizen" to be elected president.
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  • And that's What's Trending Today.
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  • I'm Ashley Thompson.
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  • This is What's Trending Today...
  • 2
  • Who wants to be a billionaire?
  • 3
  • For a $2 ticket, people have a chance to win the Mega Millions record-breaking lottery jackpot of $1.6 billion. The drawing is on Tuesday night in the United States.
  • 4
  • Players also have a chance at winning the Powerball jackpot, which is now up to $620 million. That drawing will be on Wednesday night.
  • 5
  • Mega Millions is a lottery game played in 44 American states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The winning ticket must match six numbers, from 1 to 70. Several states permit online ticket purchases. Out-of-state or overseas purchases are not permitted.
  • 6
  • The first Mega Millions drawing was on May 17, 2002. That winner received a jackpot of $28 million - a small amount compared to this week's jackpot.
  • 7
  • The most recent Mega Millions drawing on October 19 was for a jackpot of $1 billion dollars. But no one won. It was the 25th drawing in a row that did not result in a winner.
  • 8
  • About 280 million tickets were sold for the October 19 drawing. Those tickets covered 60 percent of all possible number combinations.
  • 9
  • So, what are your chances of winning the $1.6-billion jackpot this time?
  • 10
  • Very, very small.
  • 11
  • The financial website The Motley Fool says the chance of someone winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 302,575,350. The chance is a little better with the Powerball. It is 1 in 292,201,338.
  • 12
  • You are more likely to get struck by lightning than win the jackpot, at least in the United States. The National Weather Service says a person has about a 1 in a million chance of getting hit.
  • 13
  • You are much more likely to get accepted to Harvard University. The Ivy League school accepted 5 percent of its 39,000 applicants for its 2021 class. That is a 1 in 20 chance.
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  • Americans even have a better chance at becoming president than they do at winning this week's jackpot. The U.S. population is about 326 million. There are about 10 presidents in an average lifetime. So, a person's chances at becoming president are 1 in 32.6 million. However, the U.S. Constitution requires that a person be at least 35 years old and a "natural born citizen" to be elected president.
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  • And that's What's Trending Today.
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  • I'm Ashley Thompson.
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  • Hai Do wrote this story for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
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  • Words in This Story
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  • lottery - n. a way of raising money for a government, charity, etc., in which many tickets are sold and a few of the tickets are chosen by chance to win prizes
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  • jackpot - n. a usually large amount of money won in a game of chance
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  • drawing - n. an act of choosing something (such as a winning ticket) from a group without knowing
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  • applicant - n. someone who formally asks for something (such as a job or admission to a college)
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  • in a row - phrase. following one after another
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  • average - n. ordinary or usual