You’re likely to find long lines at your favorite convenience store when you go to buy a ticket or two for the Mega Millions drawing tonight (Friday). The Jackpot has topped a billion dollars and is climbing. University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Laura Albert points out – you’re more likely to be struck by lightning or attacked by a shark than you are to pick the winning numbers. Your chances only improve a little bit if you buy multiple lottery tickets. Still – somebody has to win, sooner or later.

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