Despite the odds, people are still testing their luck

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POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 7:21am

UPDATED: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 7:43am

Pay a few bucks for a ticket and get several hundred million dollars in return. Tonight's Mega Millions jackpot could land a lucky player $180 million.
The odds of hitting the jackpot? 1 in 259 million.

"If it's a really, really high prize, then I get motivated for trying," said Veronica Diaz, an El Paso resident.
Experts say the odds are the lowest they've ever been. Players used to face a 1 in 176 million odd, but last October, that changed.
Players used to pick 6 numbers between 1 and 56, but now, they pick between 1 and 75.

Experts say you have a higher chance of dying from a bee sting, having identical quadruplets or becoming the President of the United States than winning the jackpot.

"There are millions of other people playing," Diaz said.

Mario Romero, a resident of El Paso, said he plays as often as he can.
"[I] go for my lucky numbers," he said.

This is far from last December's jackpot of $586 million, but players say this sum of money is still worth it. The slight chance they have at winning is what they say keeps them buying those tickets.

"If you're going to get it, even if you get just one number, you'll get it, you know. So just leave it to luck," said Omar Cervantes, El Paso resident.

As for what they'd do with the money?

"Distribute it among my family, and maybe friends, and from there, invest it maybe," Cervantes said.

"I'd probably buy a house, buy a lot of businesses, a lot of fast food places," Diaz said.

For those optimists out there, there is still a higher chance of winning the jackpot than dying by getting hit by a falling coconut.
The drawing is tonight at 11 ET.
  

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