Mega Millions about to reach 3rd largest jackpot

No one won the Mega Millions jackpot of $470 million last night, meaning the jackpot will continue to grow. The end result is what’s expected to be its third largest prize ever: $548 million.

Sure, it’s a lot less if you go for the quick cash out; you’d be scoring just over 300 million before taxes. That still leaves a lot of money for vacations, cars and an apiary… if that’s your thing.

The next drawing is Friday, and while the odds of winning are less likely than alien abduction (roughly 1 in 300 million), what could it hurt?