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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Many of you are buying tickets for Tuesday's $586 million Mega Millions jackpot. But did you know the game recently changed, making the incredibly long odds ridiculously long, like the chances of being hit by an asteroid? Those are better than the chances of winning Mega Millions.

The Mega Millions Jackpot keeps growing and some South Georgians believe their chances of winning are growing with it. Many lottery players know what they would do with more than $500 million.  

"I'll give back to the community, a small donation or charity, and probably buy a few properties," said Quaye Fulton.    

But what are your odds of winning? CNN says you're more likely to die by a vending machine or in an asteroid apocalypse or even having identical quadruplets.

We told this to several people around town and this is what they had to say.  

  "I really don't know about the asteroid thing but I don't want to do no asteroid thing. I'd probably go out with the vending machine though," said Store Manager Carlin Harry.    

Quaye Fulton believes the chances of winning are slim to none.   "You'll have to worry about other people coming from out of town to come win that money, not everyone in Georgia, but other states as well. Everyone is going to be gunning for that."  

Fulton says he doesn't need to play Mega Millions.  He says this lucky dog tag his girlfriend gave him helped him win several thousand dollars playing other lottery games.    

"On the scratch off, the most I won was a grand, that was this year. Last year I won ten. Keno this year the most I won was like $3,400."  

But not everyone has good luck like Fulton. Some believe others who play don't really care whether they win or lose.  

"It's lotto, they just as happy, the ones that really play when they lose or win, it's the chance," said Scorpio.    

Lottery officials say the odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 259 million.     

Two months ago, Mega Millions changed the range of numbers on those ping pong balls from 1 through 56 to 1 through 75.      That increased the odds of winning the jackpot from 1 in 176 million to 1 in 259 million.

 

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