The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is the highest ever, estimated at more than half a billion dollars-- $640 million. Odds of winning, 176 million-to-one. That's enough of a chance for some in Siouxland to start dreaming about striking it rich.
Rich Bruce just bought his shot at more than half a billion dollars, and he's already thinking about what he'll do with the money if he wins.
"I'd spend the rest of my life on vacation," he said.
Friday's prize is payable as an annuity over 26 years, or the lucky winner could choose a one-time, lump-sum payment. After taxes that's about $347 million.
Still a good chunk of change, that has people picking up tickets as fast as they can.
"People are crazy about it," said Asif Khokhar, owner of Floyd Food and Fuel, a gas station in Sioux City.
Khokhar, says as the Mega Millions jackpot has climbed, so have his ticket sales.
"Everybody is coming for it. Our sales have gone up almost four times higher than ordinary days," he said.
Now, folks Bruce like will have to wait and see if their number is up.
"This is the one," said Bruce holding his ticket.
Here's an interesting fact, it's more likely to hit two holes-in-one on a golf, in the same round, than hitting the jackpot.
42 states have the Mega Millions lottery.
You can check out KTIV tonight at ten for the results.
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