Lottery players line up for chance at $355 Mega Millions jackpot

Cars lineup to buy lottery tickets Tuesday. (Source: Nicole Johnson)
Cars lineup to buy lottery tickets Tuesday. (Source: Nicole Johnson)

SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) – Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot has changed from the $330 million previously announced, rising to $355 million.

The Mega Millions Jackpot is now at $355 million annuity or $224.2 million cash.

The jackpot has skyrocketed to historic levels and is now the second highest in the games history. The last time a Multi-State Lottery Association lottery saw $300 million was in August of 2007. A year prior to that saw a jackpot of $365 million.

For just $1 you could have the chance to win that $355 million prize. All you do to play is go to your nearest lottery dealer, fill out the play slip by choosing five numbers or asking the attendant to have the computer generate the numbers for you. Pay your $1 and then you get a Mega Millions ticket worth a chance to win big.

The Food Mart on Savannah Highway is the No. 1 lottery retailer in the state for 2010 according to the SC Education Lottery. They have received the award since 2008. Lottery players have kept the store busy all day buying tickets.

"Can't win it if you don't play," said customer Edmond Floyd.)

Floyd waited in line and bought three Mega Millions tickets. He has big plans for the estimated $355 million if he wins.

"First I'll take the family on a vacation," Floyd said. "Next, call the job and let them know I've had enough."

Others say with that kind of money, first they'd like to help their church and then others.

"Pray to the lord I win something. If I do I'll give some to the church and the rest to my family," said Joe Latorre.

While the odds are stacked against them, Mega millions players are hoping and praying that they are holding the winning ticket by drawing time.

"I would rebuild my church. Then pay my husband, the bills, then my children, stuff like that are necessary," said Thelma Magwood. "Then help some of the homeless."

Tuesday night's Mega Millions jackpot drawing will air at 11 p.m. on Live 5 News.

The Mega Millions game came to South Carolina one year ago this month and no one from South Carolina has ever won the big jackpot.

The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 175 million. Mega millions is played in 41 states and the District of Columbia.

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