People Line Up Across the Country for Historic Lottery Jackpot

Mega Millions could balloon to $2B if nobody wins next drawing

12,000 tickets sold per minute as Mega Millions’ jackpot hits $1.6 billion

People across the nation are hoping the odds are in their favor when it comes to winning the Mega Millions lottery, and many Central New Yorkers are headed to the nearest store to get in on the action.

If it seems that lottery jackpots have been larger than usual - the Powerball jackpot is now at $620 million, with the next drawing on Oc.t 24 - there's a reason for that.

If Amanda Williams wins the Mega Millions jackpot, she'd buy a lake and float on it all day without a problem in the world.

If you happen to win and win big there are two ways to collect.

The numbers for this week's historic Mega Millions Jackpot were called late Tuesday night.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is a dismal 1 in 302.5 million.

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As you might imagine, Mega Millions tickets are selling like insane where people can get them - in 44 states and the District of Columbia, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each ticket has a one in 302.5 million shot at winning, reports CBS News, meaning there are 302.5 million potential number combinations. In Michigan, winners are anonymous unless they win Mega Millions or Powerball prizes. "There are approximately 303 million to one combinations".

The Mega Millions cut off time can vary by state.

"When they first opened I bought a scratch off here and it was $10,000", Beyeler said. Only three other times, this year has the Mega Millions jackpot be awarded. Murphy, the company's CEO, said no one objected.

Tickets can be bought until 7:45 p.m. Tuesday before the drawing at 8 p.m. Earlier this morning lottery officials gave away 250 vouchers for a free $2 ticket at the track. If you live in NY, you'll win the smallest amount, at only $528 million.

Some people feel guilty for spending money on lottery tickets, but Newswatch 16 spoke with a professional who says buying a few here and there is perfectly fine.

Lottery officials are quick to point out that the number selection is random, so there's no reason that what hit in the past will be selected again.

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