2007_03_megamillions.jpgDid you try your luck at the $275 million Mega Millions jackpot last night? Lots of New Yorkers did, but you certainly didn't match all the numbers because no tickets matched the winning combination of 14-21-33-35-51 and the Mega Ball of 43. You know what that means? The estimated jackpot on Tuesday will be a whopping $340 million. That's almost enough to make Gothamist take a stab at winning!

While there were 2,624,669 winners last night, only 14 people came thisclose to winning the big prize. Those 14 people matched 5 numbers, but not the Mega Ball - they still walked away with $250,000. Another 136 people won $10,000. The last winner in the 12-state drawing, which includes New York and New Jersey, was on January 9th. Your odds of winning the jackpot? Only about 1 in 176 million.

If you won the jackpot, what would you do with the money? For a good example of someone trying to turn his winnings into more, there's Brad Duke. He won a $220 million Powerball jackpot and is hoping to turn his lump sum (via Kottke) of $85 million into $1 billion in 15 years.