What are your chances of winning the lottery this week?

The Mega Millions lottery has soared to a half-billion dollars.

This final note today, which comes with the disclosure that on the way home tonight I'm going to spend $5 on the very, very slim chance that it'll change my life.

The Mega Millions lottery drawing for tomorrow night is -- as you might have heard by now -- somewhere north of $500 million. The odds of me or you or anybody actually winning 176 million to one.

So just as a reality check, herewith a list of things more likely to happen to you:

Dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1.

Being struck by lightning: 576,000 to 1.

Still, I'm playin'.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, the most widely heard program on business and the economy in the country.

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