Lexington residents hope to hit record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

Mega Millions could balloon to $2B if nobody wins next drawing

12,000 tickets sold per minute as Mega Millions’ jackpot hits $1.6 billion

Mega Millions mania has swept through the country for the last few days and many folks were willing to shell out $2 a ticket for their chance at matching all six numbers. "They are excited", said Mobil gas station manager Christina Lantto. But she says that its likely that whoever wins will have to share the pot.

That jackpot could soar to $2 billion if there's no victor, according to the Maryland and Texas Lotteries.

What would her customers do with the winning ticket?

Drawings take place at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

People across the nation are hoping the odds are in their favor when it comes to winning the Mega Millions lottery, and many Central New Yorkers are headed to the nearest store to get in on the action. The games are played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands.

With the record Mega Millions jackpot now at a record $1.6 billion, it may seem like ideal sense to pool money with co-workers or friends to increase the chance of winning a giant payday. Their first decision is whether to take the cash option, which would be $904 million, or an annuity, with one initial payment and annual installments over 29 years.

Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing and Wednesday's scheduled Powerball drawing have been highly anticipated because of the size of the jackpots.

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"I don't know", Ojeda said, "but I'd like to find out!"

Odds are, someone within earshot is hatching a plan to buy mansions and yachts as long as a city block.

"This is the winning ticket", said Robert Stout.

Joe Nelson of Princeton would put the winnings in a bank and let it grow. "They've helped me out a lot over the years so just helping out with them and whatever is left over have fun with".

"Still broke", one person wrote succinctly.

"I don't gamble, but this time I'll try my luck", said Kaumil Patel on Monday morning while managing at E&B Tobacco & Liquor, La Salle. He says many say go on vacation, give to family or charity.

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