To get a sense of just how filthy rich the winner of tonight's Mega Millions lotto jackpot might be, consider this: His or her (or their) new-found, totally unearned cash wealth would equal Mitt Romney net worth. The total jackpot is technically with $640 million. But assuming whoever picks the lucky numbers skips the annuity and opts for a lump sum in lieu of an annuity -- that would be the financially sound choice, according to Business Insider -- they'll receive a $462 million payment. If you live in a state with no income taxes, you'll be looking at about $300 million after the IRS takes its 35 percent cut. Mitt Romney's net worth? A piddly $250 million maximum, according to his campaign. If you do live in a state with income taxes, you're still probably beating out the GOP frontrunner.
So one ticket could make you as rich as America's resident rich-guy presidential nominee -- the one who's planning to build car elevators in his new home, where he'll probably be entertaining a few NASCAR team owners. Does that make buying a ticket a smart move? The official odds are 1 in 176 million. Since each ticket costs a dollar, any jackpot over $176 million should technically be a good deal. Right?