Unfortunately, even as the big prize for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing increases to the fourth-largest in US history, the odds of matching all six numbers and winning the game don't improve.
One Mega Millions ticket holder in the Bay Area came close to clinching the jackpot, having matched five of the six numbers for a $1.9 million win, the California Lottery tweeted.
For comparison, MI players bought 3.8 million tickets for Tuesday night's drawing - with 2.6 million purchased on Tuesday alone - when the jackpot was $667 million. The numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 and Mega Ball 9.
Nobody matched all six Powerball numbers during Wednesday evening's drawings, so the jackpot rolls again.
The next Mega Millions drawing is at 11 p.m. EST Friday. The Powerball number was 15.
He calls these gamblers "infrequent players", and their participation helps boost jackpots to historic levels, he said.
Of course, more players means a greater chance of splitting the jackpot, and, "If you don't have a ticket, you have zero chance of winning".
The Florida Lottery is issuing a warning about an email scam claiming to be from Mega Millions.
That is, until Friday's Mega Millions drawing, which may produce one or more instant mega millionaires. Michigan Lottery said the majority of tickets for a jackpot are purchased on the day of the drawing. Sales were still down, compared with 2016, when they surpassed $80 billion, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.