Locals excited as Mega Millions sets new record jackpot

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Friday’s Mega Millions drawing came and went and there’s still no winner.

That means the jackpot is increasing by another $600 million to $1.6 billion, a U.S. record breaking amount.

An amount, some lottery displays can’t keep up with.    

I saw multiple signs throughout Rochester on Saturday advertising a $999 million Mega Millions jackpot, an amount that clearly isn’t correct. But it hasn’t stopped locals from getting excited for Tuesday’s drawing.

“Very crazy and I can’t wait to buy my next ticket,” said Toni Hanna.

“Hear it all the time. Talk about it at school, talk about it at home, everybody is talking about it,” said Christine Sergeant.

“I got in a couple pools, some at work, some with friends and things like that. And we did our own on the side just in case,” said Eric Foster.

Most of the people we spoke with say they don’t normally take part in the lottery but couldn’t turn down the chance at winning over a billion dollars.
“I only play when it gets up to this because it’s worth my while,” said Hanna.

“We really never done this before. Someone has to win at some point,” said Foster.

With that said, some will be looking above for some extra luck.
“Praying for a miracle. Hoping to win the money,” said Alicia Foster.    

“Someone has to win so why can’t it be us?” said Sergeant.

Nearly 280 million people took part in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing. They have less than a one in 302 million chance at hitting the jackpot.

The next official drawing will be Tuesday evening at 11.

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