Would-be millionaires line up to buy Mega Million tickets - KCTV5

Would-be millionaires line up to buy Mega Million tickets

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An estimated $400 million is up for grabs in the latest Mega Millions jackpot.

Tuesday night's potential jackpot would be the sixth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history and the third-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

If a single player matches all six numbers, the winner would have the option of taking a $224 million lump-sum prize.

Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize.

If no one hits on all six numbers, the jackpot rolls over to Friday's drawing and a grand prize that would start marching toward $500 million.

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

Ticket buyers shared their simple hopes and dreams of how they would spend their winnings if they struck gold.

"I would take care of our family and help people who need help," David Banks said. "And retire."

Janet Hunt said her life would change.

"Relax, pay bills and not have anything to worry about," Hunt said.

Ticket sales aren't as heavy for the Mega Millions as they are for a similar size jackpot from Powerball.

"Lines would be out in the middle of the aisles, nonstop all day long," said Robin Wenzl of Red-X. "I think the reason why they don't do as much as hype as Mega Millions, as Powerball, and not a lot of people realize it can get up there as high as Powerball."

The largest lottery jackpot ever was a Mega Millions drawing in 2012 for $656 million. That was split among winners in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas. The winning ticket was sold in Ottawa, KS. Because Kansas allows winners to remain anonymous, that winner has never been identified.

Winners in Missouri must be identified. A Dearborn, MO, couple shared a $587.5 million Powerball drawing in November 2012.

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