Many try to win $312 million Mega Millions jackpot

By: Brandon Lewis Email
By: Brandon Lewis Email

Despite astronomical odds, retailers reported high sales of lottery tickets ahead of the Mega Millions drawing Friday night.

The numbers drawn were: 22-24-31-52-54 and the Mega Ball was 4.

The Mega Millions website reports that a winning ticket was sold in New York. So far, no one has stepped forward to claim the prize.

"It's just a dollar. I don't think that's too much for a mega million dollars. That's pretty reasonable, cheaper than anything else," joked Edward Bosa after buying a single ticket.

Bosa was one of many occasional players who purchased a ticket.

"I was driving by and heard on the radio it was $300 million or something so I just took a chance," said Dave Shidler.

Some used the Quick Pick option to allow the machine to randomly select numbers. Others used a variety of strategies.

"Last time it was real big I used a fortune cookie that said this is your lucky day. It didn't pay off, but I'm hoping one of these days," said Michelle Cowsert. She used Quick Pick this time.

Many were already planning to go on vacation if they won the jackpot.

"I might take a look and buy a house in Hawaii and get away from the cold," said Shidler, who added he would also donate some money.

Others discussed plans to donate nearly all of their winnings.

"I'm going to give most of it to charity. I'm too old to spend it. I have a son that's handicapped and I'd like to see that he's well taken care of and there's enough to take care of him and someone else too," said Jack Richards.

Despite odds of winning a jackpot at 1:175,771,536 nearly everyone clung to the ideal the money has to go to someone, why not them?

"It's big and it usually only lasts so long and somebody's going to win it, so we all have a chance I think," said David McLean.

Mega Millions placed the odds of winning a prize of some monetary value at 1:40.

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