Imagine there's a giant directory containing the names of every woman, man, and child living in the United States, and we pick one of them at random.
Now, guess which one.
Not crazy about your chances? That long shot — one in 325 million — is only slightly more remote than the one-in-302,575,350 chance of winning the jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery game.
Under the rules of the game, those slim odds are the same no matter the size of the jackpot, which had swelled to an outlandish $1 billion by Friday afternoon — with the next drawing scheduled for Friday at 11 p.m. Eastern time. Powerball, the other big multistate lottery, is in the same ballpark of likelihood, with the chance of winning the jackpot at one in 292,201,338.
Here are some other guessing games that are easier:
Or, just buy a Mega Millions ticket.