EVERY MINUTE: 3,400 Mega Millions tickets are being sold in Kansas

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Chances of winning the jackpot are one in 302,575,350, according to the Mega Millions website. And let's hear it for Rhode Island, the smallest population state to have won a Mega Millions jackpot in the past five years.

If you happen to win and win big there are two ways to collect.

Tuesday night's Mega Millions jackpot is estimated at a whopping $1.6 billion.

PHOTO: Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets are displayed on January 3, 2018 in San Anselmo, California.

Then, in October 2017, Mega Millions made its own changes to make it more hard to win. The jackpot is worth an estimated $1.6 billion.

"I always like to try the new games, so I got a scratch-off ticket as well", Jordan told lottery officials after claiming her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh - a few hours after purchasing the ticket, according to the lottery news release.

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"Winning ticket in my hand and I can not wait to win to help people in this community, as well as my family, and probably start some community services for people here", said one local ticket buyer.

More than one set of winning numbers can be bought, though that would mean two or more people would have to share the massive payout. "They didn't believe me until they saw the ticket".

Whether all that money will bring bliss - or boredom - depends on what kind of gambler you are, explains Ohio State University psychologist Dr Ken Yeager. "I'm gonna buy a home for my children", another said.

If she wins, she'd help everyone in her family and stop working, she said.

The winning lottery numbers will be drawn at 9 p.m.

A Mega Millions buyer waits for his ticket at a Cedar Rapids convenience store. In most other states, tickets may be purchased up until 15 minutes prior to the drawing -10:45 p.m. ET. Mathematically, you're not being rational if you think you have a chance of winning the jackpot, whether it's with one ticket or 100 tickets. "Our obsession with lotteries, with gambling, is that unicorn feeling of, like, 'maybe it'll be me, '" CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger said.

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