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Biggest lottery jackpot ever up for grabs in the US, and Canadians are welcome to buy tickets

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What would you do with US$540 million?

Some astronomically lucky person may have to actually ponder that question today as the U.S. Mega Millions jackpot draw is called. It’s the largest sum ever put up in a lottery, and as the Toronto Star is reporting, Canadians are also able to take a crack at it.

“We don’t discriminate,” Mary Cassani, the administrative services manager at Vermont Lottery, one of 44 states that offer Mega Millions tickets, told the newspaper. “People, they’ll email us and want to know, ‘Can Canadians win the lottery?’ Absolutely.”

According to the Boston Herald, an estimated 1.2 billion tickets have already been sold. But before you go scrambling for your wallet, take a look at your odds of winning. If you buy one ticket, your odds of winning are 1 in 176 million. Based on U.S. averages, you’re about 8,000 times more likely to be murdered, and 50 times more likely to be struck by lightning, the Associated Press reports.

But still, just imagine. . .

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