Winning numbers for Friday night’s $1.2 billion mega million draw

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PHILADELPHIA (TBEN) — Get your tickets out. The Mega Millions jackpot is worth over $1.2 billion.

This is the second largest jackpot in the game’s 20-year history.

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Friday night’s winning numbers are 13, 36, 45, 57, 67 and the mega ball is 14.

With over $1 billion in winnings at stake, there is so much excitement in the air. We found crowds of people coming to a newsstand in Center City on Friday, and they weren’t shy about what they would buy with that billion-plus dollar jackpot if they won.

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“A boat,” said one person.

“A private island,” said another.

“I would take my family and take care of it – everyone got a piece of the pie. Then I go on vacation,” said one.

The current jackpot is $1.28 billion. It could be even higher for Friday’s 11pm draw.

While some carefully choose their own songs, others leave it to the wind.

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“Random. I have a feeling that if it was meant to be, it would happen,” said one person.

“As they say in the lottery commercials: play responsibly,” said Dennis Deturck.

Deturck is a math professor at the University of Pennsylvania who does not participate in the lottery.

“Essentially, it’s certain you’re not going to win,” he said.

After doing the math, he estimates the odds of winning are just over 1 in 300 million.

“So it’s like you pick any name from the entire United States census and it’s yours,” Deturck said.

He also says that the odds of winning are less than being struck by lightning or attacked by a shark.

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“It’s actually a bit more likely than having space debris falling on you or something like that, and it’s actually a lot more likely than flipping coins and picking a perfect March Madness brace,” Deturck said. “In fact, even if you know a thing or two about basketball, your chances are a little bit better to pick a perfect brace, but then win this lottery, but not very much.”

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