Massive jackpot brings players back to Mega Millions

5:30 AM, Dec 13, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO - Mega Millions has been outshone by massive Powerball jackpots over the past year, because Powerball doubled the cost of its tickets last year. But now Mega Millions is getting the attention with a $400 million jackpot, its second largest to date.

The only other time a Mega Millions prize has been this high is when it went all the way up to a $656 million in March 2012.

The current jackpot has rolled over 20 times without a winner. This past October, Mega Millions significantly lowered the odds of winning the jackpot in an effort to produce larger jackpots.

If there is a winner of Friday's jackpot and they opt for the cash payout, they will walk away with $216 million.

Many people don't start playing until it gets to a large amount like this one, while others are more habitual about trying to beat the odds every week.

Some just buy a few tickets to daydream, not really expecting to win. But a few are pretty set on winning this jackpot themselves.

So, what's the best method of winning? Stephany Marchese has some advice. She and nine of her coworkers at a Staten Island nursing home split a $1 million jackpot.

She says "play, play, play. It took $2 and a dream for us. Just play. You never know."

The group has been pitching in $10 each per month for the past 20 years for lottery tickets.

They each walked away with $69,226. Some plan on using their winnings for a vacation and others will be paying off bills.
Recently, an Ontario woman won a $50 million dollar lottery and didn't even know it. She purchased the winning ticket, but never checked the numbers and lost the ticket afterwards. But lottery officials were able to track her down and through surveillance footage at the convenience store, were able to confirm her win.


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