# How To Increase Your Odds Of Winning The Mega Millions (Or Powerball) Jackpot

The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to \$475 million after no one matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball required to win the jackpot, as reported Saturday by The Inquisitr. You may be wondering if there’s anything you can do to increase your odds of winning, and as it turns out, there are, in fact, a few things you can do to tilt the odds in your favor. However, as you’ll see in the next couple of paragraphs, whatever you do isn’t going to change things in any mathematically-significant way.

The odds of winning (or sharing) the Mega Millions jackpot are one in about 258.9 million. To visualize that, imagine a seven-gallon jug filled with salt; there are roughly 258.9 million grains of salt in those seven gallons, according to the math laid out in the Bowkerhouse blog. Winning the Mega Millions jackpot is roughly equivalent to picking the correct grain of salt from that jug.

And here’s the kicker — whatever you can do to tilt the odds in your favor, all you’re really doing is the equivalent of removing a few teaspoons of salt from the jug before you try to pick the right grain.

Nevertheless, any port in a storm, as the old saying goes. So here are some things you can do to ever-so-slightly increase your odds of winning the lottery.