Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $330 Million
Tickets on sale until 10:45 p.m.
Want to start your year off by becoming a multi-millionaire overnight? Then you better run out and do what others apparently have done at a rapid rate over the past few days.
The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight's drawing has risen to $330 million according to megamillions.com. The site says the brisk sales across the nation have caused officials to increase the estimate from the $290 million they called for on Saturday.
Resident Sam Hassan said he bought his ticket Monday night at 7 Eleven.
Hassan said he usually only buys lottery tickets when the prize money goes above $100 million. This particular Mega Millions pot has risen from $100 million to $200 million to its current $330 million total over the last week. Hassan said he played twice last week.
"It's fun to do it once in while," he said. "Fantasize, dream about winning the big one."
But if Hassan wins, he says he won't be telling anyone about it.
"I am not one of those people who wants to win a large sum of money so they don't have to work another day in their life... its actually the opposite," he said. "I see myself much busier. Having that kind of money will empower me to improve my life therefore I will be able to enhance the life of my children, prepare them for their future, spend more time with them, family and friends, at the same time work on business and projects I am passionate about."
Dave Murphy, co-owner of Towne Deli, said the store has only been selling lottery tickets for about a month but has sold around 175 Mega Millions tickets over the last two days.
The cash option will pay out $208.3 million, according to the site. The largest payout ever in North America was $390 million on March 6, 2007, when two people, including a New Jersey resident, won. The drawing will be held at 11 tonight. Tickets can be purchased until 10:45.
The game is played in 41 states and the District of Columbia.