DES MOINES, Iowa (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — There’s always talk about the horrible odds and “money better spent”… but a giant jackpot has Mega Millions lottery players willing to take a chance at instant wealth.
Initially the top prize stood at $502 million, but just before lunchtime on Friday the estimated jackpot jumped to $521 million.READ MORE: Texas Lawmakers Debating Redistricting As Third Special Session Begins At State Capitol
It’s the nation’s 10th largest lottery jackpot. No one has matched all six numbers drawn since January.
It costs $2 to play the game and a willingness to ignore the fact that you’ll almost certainly lose. The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 302 million, though odds of winning smaller prizes are better.
The $521 million amount is paid as an annuity over 29 years. The winner/winners opting for the cash option would take home $317 million.
Mega Millions is played in Texas, 43 other states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.READ MORE: A Closer Look At 4 Drugs Used To Treat COVID-19; What Really Works?
In Dallas, ticket buyers are hoping a little faith helps them pick the winning numbers and take home the big prize.
“I’ll get it, just in good faith that I may win,” said customer Pamela Turner. “That’s too much money for me to even think about.”
Gas station managers like one at Fuel City in Dallas say they’ve seen a boom in Mega Millions sales with over 300 tickets sold in the last week. Customers are hoping to win big and give back.
“It would change my life a whole lot. We’ve got a lot going on in my little family. It would help a lot. Sending my nephew to college. I’ve got one in college now,” said Gwen Reece.MORE NEWS: Border Patrol Agents Find Migrants Using Storm Drain To Enter Texas Illegally
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