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This Is the First Thing Americans Would Do If They Won the Lottery

GOBankingRates Logo By Cameron Huddleston of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 12: You’ve probably heard that you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery. In reality, the odds of winning a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot are better, according to the National American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. But that doesn’t mean your chances of winning are good.Still, it’s fun to dream about all the things you could do with your winnings. Hoping that dream will become reality is likely what prompted Americans to spend more than $80 billion on lottery tickets in 2016, the latest year for which figures are available from the NASPL. With people spending so much of their hard-earned money on a chance at hitting the jackpot, GOBankingRates wanted to find out how Americans would spend their winnings. Using a Survata survey, GOBankingRates asked more than 500 adults how many lottery tickets they buy each month, what they think the odds of winning are and what they would do if they won.Click all the way through to find out what Americans would do with the money they won the lottery — the findings might surprise you.

You’ve probably heard that you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery. In reality, the odds of winning a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot are better, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. But that doesn’t mean your chances of winning are good.

Still, it’s fun to dream about all the things you could do with your winnings. Hoping that dream will become reality is likely what prompted Americans to spend more than $80 billion on lottery tickets in 2016, the latest year for which figures are available from the NASPL. With people spending so much of their hard-earned money on a chance at hitting the jackpot, GOBankingRates wanted to find out how Americans would spend their winnings. Using a Survata survey, GOBankingRates asked more than 500 adults how many lottery tickets they buy each month, what they think the odds of winning are and what they would do if they won.

Click all the way through to find out what Americans would do with the money they won the lottery — the findings might surprise you.

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