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Louisville, Ky (WDRB) People are lining up to buy a Mega Millions ticket hoping to hit the $636 million jackpot.
People are buying individual tickets and there are plenty of office pools too.
Trey Lashbrook is buying lottery tickets for his office. He says, "I think there is about 40 employees and we have 100 percent participation in it this year, whether it be just a few shares or 20 or 30 shares. It's a great team building thing. We all talk about it and we all get excited about what we are going to do with the money and how nobody is going to be in the office tomorrow morning."
Al Aufmuth, an airline pilot is visiting Louisville this week. He says, "I have nothing to lose and there is a big pot at stake here so I am going to give it a shot." When asked what he would do if he wins, he says, "Quit my job straight away."
Tonight's Mega Millions jackpot has a cash option of $341.2 million. The $636 million jackpot is the second largest in US history.
Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase the jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize to about 1 in 259 million.
A customer says, "The chances of being named a Saint by the Pope are greater and I know I'm not going to make that."
Chip Polston, a Kentucky Lottery Spokesman says, "Your odds of winning this jackpot are very, very long so be careful how you play. We want them to maintain restraint. We urge caution with it. It's fun to throw a couple bucks in the pot to think of what you could say to your boss tomorrow morning if you won over half billion dollars, but do keep it in perspective."
And while Powerball has more name recognition in Kentucky, Mega Millions is gaining exposure.
Polston says, "A lot of players are hearing about it. We think a lot of players are enjoying the game and it's going to drive sales in the end."
If no one wins tonight's drawing, it will continue to climb, some estimating it could hit one billion dollars.
If you want to buy a Mega Millions ticket, you have to do so by 9:45 tonight.