TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Anyone would go crazy if they won $700 million, but what are the odds of winning the jackpot? About 1 in roughly 292 million people.
“There's really slight chances for us to win, but we have to play, you know. If you don't play you don't win,” Alejandra Martinez says on taking a chance.
In late 2015, the game changed and the number of total balls increased from 59 to 69. If you win the lottery, you have two ways in taking the jackpot — an annuitized amount over the next 29 years with a first payment right away or a cash lump sum of a fewer amount.
Bill Dee says he would take the cash lump sum. “I don't know if I have 29 years left. I would want to be able to spend it while i'm still alive."
“I see most people take the cash. There's probably something to that,” Bill Novis notices of the winners.
The Idaho lottery says each ticket purchased has an equal chance of winning and buying more tickets does not increase your odds.
“It's just the dream,” Bill Novis says, “It's the dream of retiring early and enjoying the rest of my life."
Don’t forget to sign your ticket after purchasing. Winners have 180 days to claim their prize.