Someone may be $636 million richer tonight because of the Mega Millions jackpot. Folks across the Chattahoochee Valley hope they'll be the lucky one.
Employees at the Circle K on Highway 280 in Columbus say the store has been packed all day with folks buying lottery tickets. Everyone buying tickets seemed hopeful.
“Since it's up so high, I'd like to try and at least give it a chance,” says Elsie Dunn.
Circle K is the first gas station you see when you cross the Georgia-Alabama border on Highway 280. Folks from Alabama came over to test their luck on the near-record jackpot because the lottery is illegal in Alabama. Elsie Dunn drove 30 miles from Pittsview.
“I had some errands to run, but the real reason I came here was because of the lottery,” says Dunn.
With hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line, folks can only imagine of what they could do with all that money.
“We'd pay off some bills and take a vacation. It's been a long hard year,” says Fran Bezio.
Experts say the odds of winning are 1-in-259-million. Tulane University says you have better chance of an asteroid or comet killing you than winning the Mega Millions, but that's not stopping many people.
“All it is is luck. You choose a number and maybe it will happen, maybe it won't. I'm just hoping it will,” says Dunn.
If nobody wins Tuesday, the jackpot for Friday's drawing will begin at $800 million. Lottery officials say it could reach 1-billion dollars by Christmas.