Record Mega Millions jackpot attracts usual, new players

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One billion dollars.

It’s the biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever, and the second largest jackpot in lottery history. 

James Occhiuzzo of Chicopee told 22News, “Typically I’ll play if it gets big like this. The changes might be $302 million, but it’s worth it.”

It’s been months without a Mega Millions winner, and the major payout had people buying tickets who normally don’t play. 

Heather Torville of Palmer said, “Definitely because I never really play so, it’s worth a shot. And then I went to another gas station and everybody was in line, so I was like this seems like a big deal, I might as well go for it.”

People in Massachusetts spend more money on lotto tickets than any other state, according to Business Insider. But even if you don’t win, that $2 ticket helps fund projects in all state cities and towns.

Springfield alone got more than $36-million in local aid from lottery money in 2017. 

Despite the odds, people couldn’t help but fantasize what they’d do if they won. 

Brian Lak from Worthington said, “There’s a chance. I mean I could pay off my student loans. End up sleeping for a year, so. I got one for me and one for my grandmother.”

If there is a winner, they can have the one billion dollars paid out over 29 years, or get a lump sum of around $565-million.

The winning numbers for Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot are: 15-23-53-65-70.

Mega ball: 7

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