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2nd largest jackpot in Mega Millions history has players dreaming

UNDATED (CNN) - People all over the country are hoping they'll wake up Saturday as multimillionaires.

The 400-million-dollar Mega Millions jackpot drawing is Friday.

And many folks are rushing out to get their lottery tickets in hopes of beating the astronomical odds.

The frenzy for Mega Millions tickets is reaching fever pitch.

400-million dollars at stake -- the second-largest jackpot in the game's history has players dreaming what they would do if they win.

"I want to be a millionaire."

"Party like a rock star."

"This is early retirement."

Recent changes to the Mega Millions have inflated jackpots and are attracting more customers to play.

But the odds of winning are significantly lower after the revamp in October.

That's because the five winning numbers increased to a total of 75 white balls -- instead of 56.

And the number of gold Mega balls decreased from 46 to only 15.

Making it that much harder to win the big prize. The chances of winning the jackpot went from one in 175 million to one in 259 million!

"I saw on the news the list of things that are more likely to happen than winning the lottery -- getting struck by lightning was one of them -- but, hopefully, I can beat the odds," Kevin Allexon, Mega Millions Hopeful said.

"Someone's gonna be lucky, and I think it's gonna be me"

If those odds seem impossible, that's because, so far, they have been.

No one has won the big prize since the switch.

The last jackpot winner, a Maryland man who chose to remain anonymous-- bought a winning ticket at this store on October first.

He matched all the numbers, winning 186-million dollars.

Since then -- 20 drawings -- and no winner.

Now, some good news.

The minimum second prize -- won by hitting all numbers except the Mega ball -- jumping from a quarter million dollars to one million dollars.

Even more enticing, jackpots are growing larger and faster!

The minimum jackpot rose to 15-million from 12. Guaranteed to increase by at least five-million after each drawing without a winner.

"You could see in the next several years, maybe an elusive one-billion-dollar jackpot," Victor Matheson, Economics Prof., College of The Holy Cross said. 

What would you do if you won the jackpot? Let us know on Facebook.

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