LONDON, March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
US lottery's $476 million rollover reaches into Outer Space
History will be made this Friday when Mega Millions, the USA national lottery played across 42 states, smashes the record for the largest lottery jackpot prize in history, paying out $476 million.
Research commissioned by lottery website WinTrillions shows that a pile of $10 bills totalling $476 million would reach 5.2 kilometres (3.4 miles) in height; that's the equivalent of 13 Empire State Buildings stacked one on top of the other or 2,971 people standing on each other's shoulders.
If $1 bills were used, the pile would actually reach into Outer Space. At 52.3 km (34.4 miles), it would be 6 times the height of Mount Everest and 5 times the depth of the Mariana Trench, the world's deepest ocean floor. In fact, it would stretch more than 2 km (1.2 miles) beyond the stratosphere into space itself.
After surprising everyone by rolling over again on Tuesday, the Mega Millions jackpot has jumped by a staggering $113 million for Friday's draw and, if it was piled up in $10 bills, the increase alone would be 1.2km (0.7 miles) high. That's almost 1.5 times the height of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Put simply, the $476 million Mega Millionsdraw this Friday is a landmark moment in global lottery history, smashing the previous lottery jackpot record - also held by Mega Millions - by $86 million.
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