Mega Millions, Mega Odds

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UConn’s Tiffany Hayes is amazing from the free-throw line, finding the basket better than 81 percent of the time this season.

But think she could hit 10 consecutive foul shots? How about 25? Or 50? Or 60? Or 70? Or 80?

Keep that number climbing and you’ll get a sense of how tiny the odds are of walking away with the big Mega Millions jackpot — and how lucky the next winner, and the last winner, were.

Your odds of matching all six numbers are roughly the same as the likelihood of Tiffany Hayes sinking 93 straight shots from the line. Translation: really, really, really small.

Below is a breakout of the chances you’ll be quitting your job in the morning. To win Mega Millions, you need to correctly pick five numbers out of a pool of 56 ping-pong-sized balls, and then a sixth number out of a separate pool of 46 yellow balls. Match all five but miss the bonus number – as 47 people across the country did earlier this week – and the prize drops by as much as 99.9 percent.

But don’t give up hope. The odds of winning the big payout are only slightly worse than the likelihood of getting struck by lightning during your lifetime — twice.

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