On Tuesday, August 8, 2023, one single Mega Millions lottery ticket won the $1.58 billion jackpot - the third largest jackpot in US history. The winner purchased the ticket from a Publix grocery store in Neptune Beach, Florida. Have you felt like lottery jackpots have been growing larger than they used to? Maybe there is a reason for that! In 2015, the Powerball lottery lengthened the odds of winning from 1 in 175.2 million to 1 in 292.2 million. Mega Millions followed in 2017, lengthening the odds of winning the top prize from 1 in 258.9 million to 1 in 302.6 million. The top ten of the largest lottery jackpots in the United States have come since those changes were made.
If you were a Boy Scout, you probably learned the phrase, “Leaves of three, let it be. Leaves of five, let it thrive.” Some may have also learned “Hairy vine, no friend of mine” and “Berries white, run in flight.”