More likely to be struck by lightning than to buy a winning lottery ticket

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - If you were lucky enough to win both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpot, you would rack up 1.4 billion dollars.

It sounds like a dream come true, but the chances of winning are slim.

The Mega Millions is nearing one billion dollars while the Powerball is almost to half a billion dollars.

According the The Mega Millions twitter page, the 970 million dollar jackpot is the largest ever jackpot.

Meanwhile Powerball's jackpot has not broken into their top 10 largest jackpot ever.

It's a lot of money, but probably not the best investment.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology mathematics professor, Roger Johnson, says "for both Powerball and Mega Millions, the chance of winning the jackpot is about one and three hundred million. So for example, if you compare that to the chance of someone being struck by lightning in the United States in one year, that's about one in 1.2 million. That's about 250 times more likely than winning the jackpot in either Powerball or Mega Millions."

If that went over your head, maybe this will help you realize how unlikely buying the right ticket will be.

"There's around three hundred million people living in the United States. So the chance of winning the lottery would be the chance of you being chosen in a sample size, one from the entire United States, that's the chance of winning the jackpot,” explains Johnson.

Johnson has a tip for those thinking of buying a ticket.

"My brother in law says, the only thing more foolish than buying a lottery ticket is buying two or more," states Johnson.

The Mega Millions will have their next drawing Friday night and Powerball will happen on Saturday.