March 6, 2007
Tonight everyone's eyes were on the winning numbers 16-22-29-39-42 and the mega ball-20.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions drawing are 1 in 176,000,000, but yet nearly 8,500 tickets a minute were bought just in Virginia alone.
"Everyone is buying Mega Millions tickets. Everybody," said cashier Jillian Sennett.
Sennett works as a cashier at the Market at Mill Creek. She says she is hard pressed to remember any customers that came in and didn't take a crack at the big payoff.
"I've been here for about three hours now and everyone has bought a Mega Millions ticket, at least one," she said.
Tonight's Mega Millions grand prize is worth a whopping $370 million, a record setting number for the game that spans 12 states. The odds of winning the mother load, one in 176,000,000. But that didn't stop people from dreaming big.
"Everybody is buying, so I said I should give my luck a try and see if I can get anything," said Amrit Manes.
"I guess it's like everyone. Everyone wants to get rich quick. It is just something that I have never done before so I said let's do it," said Geraldine Crickenberger.
So what is the best way to play? Many say you let fate decide.
"I let the machine. Sometimes that is the lucky way," said Alfonso Dillard.
Strategy aside, everybody knows they can find a way to spend the winnings.
"When I win the jackpot, I am going to give some to my husband for our business and the rest of it to charity," said Robin Fink.
"I've got some bills I need to pay," Dillard said.
"If I won, I would put some in a bank. I don't know my answer. If I get it, I will have to decide," said Manes.
Virginia retailers estimate they sold 8,500 tickets a minute just for Mega Millions.