This week, millions of people across the United States will partake in the beloved tradition of throwing logic and reason to the wind while adopting the “Somebody has to win” mindset that becomes increasingly impossible to shove aside whenever a lottery jackpot starts to become too big to ignore.
The most recent winner of the Mega Millions drawing walked away with a relatively paltry $20 million back in April, but the jackpot has ballooned over the past few months after repeatedly going unclaimed en route to approaching the estimated $810 million that will be up for grabs on Tuesday night (it will be the third-largest prize awarded in its history if it ends up hitting).
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 303 million; for the sake of comparison, the odds of getting struck by lightning at some point in life are 1 in 15,300 and the chances of being killed by a shark are 1 in 3,748,067.
However, that certainly won’t stop plenty of people from trying their luck to the tune of dropping $2 a ticket—although anyone employed by Raising Cane’s won’t have to fork over their own cash for a chance to win.
According to Fox 11, Cane’s founder Todd Graves has shelled out $100,000 of his own money to scoop up 50,000 tickets on behalf of all of the workers who play a role in delivering the chain’s chicken fingers (and the second piece of Texas toast you should always substitute for coleslaw) to the masses.
The massive pool will be evenly distributed to Raising Cane’s crewmembers if any of the numbers end up hitting, which means everyone could walk away with upwards of $16,200 before taxes (a number that would dip to around $9,400 if the company opted for the $470.1 million lump sum option).
I’d wish them all the best of luck, but as someone who spent a whopping $6 on tickets for myself, I’m not going to risk throwing positive vibes at my competitors.
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