Submitted by ub on Fri, 03/30/2012 - 09:46

Lottery players in 42 states across this nation are dreaming about the largest jackpot in US history.

Who will win tonight? This Mega Millions fever is bound to get higher than the $640.

We are 19 times as likely to be struck by lightning twice, 33 times as likely to be attacked in the next year by killer bees and 40 times as likely to be dealt five consecutive blackjacks in a card game as you are to win Mega Millions.

But then the jackpot for today’s Mega Millions pot of gold has passed half a billion dollars, making it the largest lottery jackpot in world history and attracting old, young, poor, rich the skeptical and the frugal.