On Friday, Mar 30, 2012, the winning numbers of the $645 million Mega Millions had be out. According to the Lottery officials, the winning tickets were sold in Maryland, Kansas, and *Illinois*! Approximately 3 of them can get $218.6 million (minus $5 million tax, for the government). Whoo, I am proud of Illinois when I heard this news! The probability of guessing the right numbers (combination) is quite low, though. (duh)

To win the Mega Millions lottery, you will have to pick 5 correct numbers from 1 through 56 and 1 number from 1 to 46. We can calculate the probability of winning using the following formula:

Which is

or AKA – *Mission Impossible*.

For more information, you can read the article in Wikipedia.

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