Mega Millions mania hits Central New York

Mega Millions mania has swept over much of Central New York with it's larger-than-life money prize. (MGN Online)

Whether you're buying one, two, or even three Mega Millions lottery tickets, there isn't a mathematically-sure bet that your numbers are lucky.

"If they're really doing it random as they seem to be trying to do, they're isn't going to be any lucky number," explained Syracuse University Math Professor Steven Diaz.

Diaz says statistics show your odds of winning are pretty low.

"Seems as a very rough estimate the chances of winning the lottery with one ticket seem to be roughly the same as your chances of getting struck by lightning on a given day," said Diaz.

LeMoyne statistics professor Caitlin Cunningham says she thinks buying a ticket is a waste of two dollars.

"Extremely low. So I think they're saying it's one in one quintillion or something like that so its 15 zeros. So you're much more likely to have other rare events occur to you. So you're much more likely to get hit by lightning or get in a car accident or a rare disease over winning the lottery," said Cunningham.

"Try to pick a number that is less likely to be picked by other people because the pool of tickets isn't evenly distributed there are some numbers that are more common and if that number happens to win when you picked that number you now have to share that number with lots of people," said Cunningham.

Though the odds seem less-than-promising, the two professors say they've thought about what to do with all that dough.

"Giving a bunch to some family members, might give a bunch to S.U.," said Diaz.

"I would send my kids to college, I'd probably keep working, I like teaching, but yeah I don't know I'd invest it in sort of philanthropy or something. I don't know what I'd do with that kind of money," explained Cunningham.

Just in case that lucky day comes.

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