Mega Millions Mania: Celebs Tweet with Humor, Excitement as Jackpot Grows
on Mar 30, 2012 03:47 PM EDT
As the Mega Millions lottery jackpot has gone unclaimed in recent days, celebrities, news and entertainment-related personalities on Twitter have weighed in, mostly with humorous and excited tweets.
Friday's jackpot now stands at world record $640 million and has gone unclaimed since January 24, according to lottery officials.
A lump-sum, after taxes winner would earn $324 million. However the odds are long, about one in 176 million. The next drawing is tonight at 11 p.m.
Here's what some online personalities had to say about the drawing as the jackpot has risen.
Funnyman Stephen Colbert contributed an over the top joke:
"Just bought a Mega Millions ticket at the deli. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna win, so I also bought 363 million bucks worth of yogurt."
TV newswoman Katie Couric mixed focused on the big money but low odds of winning.
"Have you picked up your Mega Millions ticket yet? $540 million! WOW! Good luck!!! May the odds be ever in your favor..."
TMZ founder Harvey Levin made a gruesome observation:
"You have a better chance of dying by a flesh eating bacteria than winning the [prize]," he said.
Latin singer Thalia wasn't about to let a chance get away, tweeting in Spanish:
(translation) "I bought my Mega Millions! U never know! Lol"
Comedian Andy Borowitz went for political humor:
BREKING: Greece Buys Mega Millions Ticket
Hoda Kotb, anchor of the fourth hour of the NBC's 'Today' show told a family tale.
"my sister just sent me an email telling me to buy 5 mega millions..my mom emailed back 'already got them'. We are all over that lotto."
Former 'The Hills' star Brody Jenner was simply astounded:
"NO WAY!!! The Mega Millions is now up to 473 MILLION!!!!Nobody won... That is nuts
TV host Josh Gates of the Syfy channel's Destination Truth wrote:
"Buying a DT themed mega Millions ticket. $540 million dollar prize to be split between my Twitter followers. Let's do this!"
ESPN columnist Jemele Hill hinted at what she would do if she won.
"Giving you a heads up: if y'all don't hear from me by 6 p.m. tomorrow, I hit the Mega Millions and it was nice knowing you," she tweeted. "I'll tweet next week...from my yacht!"
TV writer and executive Damon Lindelof urged people not to play.
"Do NOT play the numbers in the Mega Millions tonight, people! They are CURSED!!! Also, I don't want to share my jackpot with you," he tweeted.
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