WATCH: What would you do if you won the Mega Millions jackpot?

BECKLEY (WOAY)- $1.6 billion dollars. That’s the mega millions jackpot everyone is gunning for. People have been lining up to buy what they hope is the winning ticket.

If you want to use the money to buy your favorite sports team or luxurious house, where better to get advice on the odds and numbers to pick, than a calculus class at WVU Tech.

“You could look up numbers that people commonly choose like birthdays and birth dates,” said Dr. J.T. Hird, an associate mathematics professor at WVU Tech. “So try to avoid those numbers as well your not increasing your odds of winning you are increasing your odds of winning alone getting the entire 1.6 B payout instead of half in case that concerns you.”

So your chances at the jackpot…not so great. There’s a better chance you’ll be elected president or give birth to identical quadruplets. But good luck! The drawing is Tuesday at 11 P.M. ET.


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Matt Bullock is currently the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter for WOAY-TV Matt Bullock has always dreamed about becoming a meteorologist since he was 5 years old. He would draw the 7-day forecast on a wall made out of chalk paint that his mom painted for the family to use. Growing up his role models were Greg Fishel on WRAL, his older sisters, and his parents. Matt loves all kinds of weather including; hurricanes, severe weather, and snowstorms. Matt grew up in Cary, NC. He went to college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and graduated with a bachelors of science in earth and environmental science with a concentration of atmospheric science in June of 2018. He is a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He completed an internship at WRAL in Raleigh, NC during the summer of 2017, winter of 2017, and summer of 2018. Matt moved to West Virginia to take his first job as the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter at WOAY. You can find him on the weekends at 6 and 11 pm at WOAY-TV When Matt isn’t working he enjoys watching sports. His teams are the Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Hornets, Pittsburgh Pirates, and his alma mater Charlotte 49ers. He also enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with his friends and family. He is always keeping his eyes on the skies as he is keeping up with the weather three times a day. Have any tips or weather questions? Email me