One Guaranteed Way To Win The Mega Millions $1.6B Jackpot

The odds of selecting the winning number combination are reportedly 1 in 302.5 million.

One Guaranteed Way To Win The Mega Millions $1.6B Jackpot
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The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday night. 

And there is one guaranteed way you'll be the big winner — so long as you have more than $605 million in cash just lying around. 

That's how much Business Insider reports it would cost to purchase enough Mega Millions tickets to cover every possible number combination. That's 302,575,350 tickets if you're trying to do the math. 

When you find your winning ticket — hopefully you've used a filing system of some kind to keep track — you should actually make money since the jackpot's now up to a record $1.6 billion as of Tuesday.

Of course, you'll only get that much before taxes if you choose to get paid out annually over 29 years. Your other option is to walk away with a one-time, lump-sum payment of $904 million. 

Lottery players who don't have hundreds of millions of dollars to spend on tickets face odds of roughly 1 in 302.5 million of winning Tuesday's drawing. 

To put that in perspective, you're dozens of times more likely to get attacked by a shark or struck by lightning twice in your lifetime.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN