Many dream about what they'd do if they won big in the lottery - KCTV5

Many dream about what they'd do if they won big in the lottery

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RIVERSIDE, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Tuesday night someone might get very lucky if their numbers are drawn in the Mega Millions jackpot that has soared to $636 million.

Lottery officials in Missouri said they were selling over $6,700 per minute in Mega Millions tickets just in their state alone.

Many buying their tickets at the Red X in Riverside, MO, had fun fancying the ideas of what they'd do if they came out as winners.

"I would like to get all my bills paid if I won. I would by my mother a nice house," said Ed Adams. "Then I'd like to keep a low profile."

"I would give some to my church. That's what I would do first. Then I would give some to my family. I would go travel and then I would buy me a new car, I'd go shopping," said Theodora Rowe.

With Tuesday's drawing at $636 million, it makes it the second largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

"My hand has been itching. Off and on. Somehow they say that's a good sign," said Carol Hand, who had never bought a ticket before but said her winnings would go towards her family.

One customer buying a whole bunch of tickets was Jon Croucher, who works in the maintenance department for the North Kansas City School District. He said he was sent to the convenience store on a mission to secure a new retirement plan for himself and his co-workers.

"One hundred fifty-one tickets and it's our maintenance department so there's 28 people involved," Croucher said, adding that, if it came to it, he hopes it'll be easy to figure out how much money each person gets.

And the Red X, which is known as the No. 1 lottery retailer in the metro, will be the sure winner with their sales in the store going up as much as 20 percent on a busy lottery day like Tuesday.

"We have a lot of big winners, but we are waiting to win that really big one. We haven't done that yet, but we are due for one," said manager Robin Wenzl.

The drawing is scheduled for 11 p.m. EST. The cash option is estimated at $341 million, before taxes.

The previous odds of winning Mega Millions' top prize were roughly 1 in 176 million, nearly the same as Powerball, which also has seen a surge in large jackpots since its rules were revamped in January 2012.

Mega Millions is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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