The chances of winning the Mega Millions is 1 in 175,711,536. According to the book “For all practical purposes: mathematical literacy in today’s world” by Joseph Malkevitch and Lawrence M. Lesser, winning the Mega Million The Mint Hill Timesjackpot is like guessing a particular piece of paper in a stack twice as high as Mt. Everest, or guessing a particular second in the span of 5.5 years.

Of course, the odds of winning are even worse if you lose the ticket. That’s what’s happened in Stallings in the past year. A $1 million prize ticket was purchased for the August 20, 2010 Mega Millions drawing at the Market Express located at 2800 Old Monroe Road in Stallings. (The NCEL calls this address “Matthews,” but it is actually in downtown Stallings next to the McDonalds.) However, no one came forward with the winning ticket and it expires on Wednesday, February 16.

The five white balls for that drawing were: 4 – 13 – 20 – 29 – 48

To claim the $1 million prize, the ticket must be presented at N.C. Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh by 5 p.m. on February 16. Players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.

“We’re really hoping to award this prize,” said NCEL Executive Director Alice Garland. “Celebrating winners is one of the most fun things we do at the lottery and we hate to see prizes go unclaimed, especially ones of this magnitude.”

Ryan Kennemur, the NCEL’s Public Information Officer, will be on-site at the Market Express in Matthews from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. today to raise awareness about the missing ticket.
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