*03/30 update: looks like the jackpot is now up to a whopping $640 million.
$540 million. That’s the estimated payout for Friday’s Mega Millions lotto drawing. Interestingly, you could buy all of the possible combinations of numbers for around $176 million. You’d better hope that you don’t have to split those winnings though. Your lump sum payout after taxes would be a multi-million dollar loss if there is so much as one other winner.