At stake in Friday's 11 p.m. EST (0400 GMT Saturday) Mega Millions drawing is a $450 million prize, the fourth-largest in its history with a $281 million payout if the victor selects a lump-sum payment.
Winning a portion of the largest jackpot ever can cause some legal issues and unwanted advances from some who want a cut of the prize.
The jackpot for the Mega Millions drawing Friday was raised to $450 million, with a cash option of $281.2 million, the Maryland Lottery announced. "Everything is by chance these days so, you gotta be in it to win it", says Lynn. "Probably not a victor but between now and then I'm spending millions and millions of dollars", said Gino Smith, bought lottery ticket. That much money at once? A day earlier, no one matched all six numbers in Mega Millions drawing, lottery officials said.
All these prizes have since expired, so even if someone found the winning tickets today, they'd be out of luck.
"Well, I got a big family, so I would pay off lots of bills, give some to my church, my community and spend the rest on me", Hurtado said with a chuckle. "If I win, I will tell my kids and grandkids I won, and then I'm out of here!"
"It would be awesome", said lottery player Robert May.
"I can take care of my family", added Wright.
But some of the secondary prizes can be worth $1 million or more.
"We have at least 11 Powerball Millionaires in Arkansas".
Louisiana businesses that bank off the extra buyers say they know they'll take a hit but aren't anxious about it. The jackpot starts at $40 million and grows a minimum of $10 million between rolls and with proceeds from ticket sales.
"This is my first time playing either one, so I'm having fun", Halliburton said. The winning numbers Tuesday were 1, 42, 47, 64 and 70, and the Mega Millions number was 22.