The United States is caught up in meme mania after the Mega Millions jackpot reached a world record-breaking¬†$1.6billion Friday.
Images across the Internet poked fun at the new amount after nobody won the estimated $1billion prize that had ballooned from¬†$868million Wednesday morning.
Many social media users linked the new amount to the memorable scene from¬†Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, where one of Mike Myers’s characters Dr. Evil, demands $1million ransom money before changing it to $100billion.
Tuesday’s jackpot is now a world record $1.6billion. The previous record was held by January 2016’s $1.586billion Powerball game
People are rushing out to buy new tickets after the prize money rolled over when nobody won
As others rushed out to purchase tickets for the next game on Tuesday, those who didn’t land a windfall overnight found humor in the situation by making fun of their financial situation.¬†
‘Can‚Äôt buy my island with the measley $2 I won #MegaMillons,’ one user wrote.
One sentiment expressed in several memes that many could relate to was having to return to work despite hoping they’d become a billionaire overnight when they entered the lottery draw.
‘Well I didn‚Äôt win the #MegaMillions…. lemme go to sleep, since I WILL be WORKING tomorrow morning,’ another tweeter posted.
No tickets issued matched all six of Friday night’s winning numbers, which were 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7.
The next Mega Millions drawing, taking place October 23, will tie for the largest lottery jackpot in US history. The cash option is $904million.
Many social media users acknowledged that they couldn’t quit their jobs after a lottery win
The most recently-won Mega Millions jackpot was in July, when 11 California co-workers shared the $543million prize.¬†¬†¬†
On January 13, 2016 the sister game, Powerball, reached $1.586billion. The sum was split by winners in three states, including Tennessee, Florida, and California, according to lottery officials.
Winners John and Lisa Robinson from Tennessee said they would continue working during an appearance on the Today show.¬†But many of the people posting memes about the Mega Millions showed they had no such intention.
‘Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it‚Äôs truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record,’ said Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Group and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said in a press statement Saturday.¬†
‘It‚Äôs hard to overstate how exciting this is ‚Äď but now it‚Äôs really getting fun.’¬†
Friday night’s Mega drawing has managed to turn some people into millionaires, though.¬†
Video courtesy of Pix11¬†
Fifteen second-tier winning tickets netting at least $1million were sold in California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Virginia. The tickets were said to have matched the five white balls, but not the Mega Ball.¬†
Tipsters claim that the odds of winning both jackpots is one in 88 quadrillion, which is 88 followed by 15 zeros for the mathematically-challenged amongst us.¬†
Lottery players will have slightly better odds of winning just one of the jackpots.¬†
According to Lottery USA, the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302.6million, and the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2million.¬†
If a player is lucky enough to win, Uniondale lawyer Jason Kurland, who has worked with 30 lottery winners, has some advice for would-be lotto winners.
He tells winners to wipe clean their social media so that salesmen, scammers and long-lost friends and relatives have a harder time finding them.
‘They’re a target for everything,’ he told the New York Daily News.
According to Kurland, a $970million winner would take home about $570million in a lump sum before taxes.
The prize is so big that Kurland said he will probably buy a ticket himself.¬†
The former record holder for Mega Millions was a $656million prize in 2012. The prize was split three ways in both of these drawings, with each winner receiving at least $200million before taxes.¬†
If nobody claims the Mega Millions jackpot in the required time limit ‚Äď which varies state by state ‚Äď each state will get the money it contributed to the jackpot back.¬†¬†
Lottery officials caution against spending large amounts of money per person in the hopes of striking it rich.
‘We certainly know we get more pool play, people coming in making very large purchases for a group,’ said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Urbandale, Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association that oversees the Mega Millions, Powerball and other lotteries.
He added: ‘When people ask me, I just tell them that the odds of a lottery game make it a game of fate.¬†
‘Just buy a ticket, sit back and see if fate points a finger at you for that day’.¬†