Marylanders Hope To Win Historic $500 Million Mega Millions Jackpot

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Record-breaking winnings! Never before in history has a lottery jackpot been this high. Half a billion dollars goes to the person who wins this Friday’s Mega Millions drawing.

Derek Valcourt has more on the prize and the people trying to win it.

You heard right—$ 500 million. And believe it or not, it could be more.

At the start of the day, the jackpot was pinned at a record-breaking $476 million.

But with ticket sales soaring, by noon the new estimated jackpot rose even higher. And lottery officials say it’s not over yet.

“It is possible based on sales that this jackpot could get even higher before Friday night’s drawing,” Carole Everett of the Maryland Lottery said.

Stores like Timonium’s Buttons Liquors are already busy.

“The last week and a half or so, it’s been nuts,” an employee at Buttons Liquors said.

And with no lucky winner in Tuesday night’s drawing, excitement climbs right along with the jackpot.

“It’s funny because I think everybody feels that way, when it gets to be a big total, everybody wants to play,” said one person.

All over the country co-workers are going in on office pools to try to increase their odds. In fact, WJZ colleagues are in on it too.

“Well somebody’s got to win. Why not me?” one Mega Million hopeful said.

After taxes, the winner could take home $12.7 million a year for 26 years or walk away with a clean $236.3 million.

Around the country, folks are dreaming about what they’d do with all those zeros.

“No longer working. That’s for sure,” Chris Hamlett siad.

“Take my family on a cruise, go to Disney, travel, pay my house off,” Cindy Chrystal said.

“I wouldn’t be standing here talking to you, that’s for sure,” another hopeful said.

The odds of winning are 176 million to 1.

Tickets for the record-setting drawing can be purchased right up until 10:45 p.m. on Friday.

More from Derek Valcourt
  • sorry gov

    You could take home an additional $33 million by playing in delaware or pa. No taxes.

  • m.A.

    You have a better chance of blowing yourself & getting pregnant.

  • Win $500 Million Mega Millions Jackpot again Marylanders has a Hope. | Just Art

    […] Marylanders Hope To Win Historic $500 Million Mega Millions Jackpot Etiquetas: billion dollars, lottery jackpot, lottery officials […]

  • see us

    Hello there, You have done an excellent job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this web site.

  • psicologos en rosario

    Good theme, used to use it but decided to change over to another one just recently. Psicologos en rosario y psicologia en rosario para la ansiedad y depresion o depresivo. Richard Bandler estubo en Argentina.

  • buy vpn

    Hey there, You have performed a fantastic job. I’ll definitely digg it and in my view suggest to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this site.

  • office 2010 Standard product cdkey

    Hi, i believe that i saw you visited my weblog thus i came to go back the favor?.I am trying to in finding things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to make use of a few of your concepts!!

  • free angry birds

    Its like you read my thoughts! You appear to understand so much approximately this, such as you wrote the e book in it or something. I think that you could do with some % to pressure the message house a little bit, but other than that, that is fantastic blog. A great read. I’ll definitely be back.

  • houdini help desk

    It’s the best time to make some plans for the longer term and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this submit and if I may just I want to recommend you few attention-grabbing issues or advice. Perhaps you could write subsequent articles referring to this article. I want to read even more things about it!

  • bubble shooter full screen

    I do agree with all of the concepts you have presented for your post. They’re really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very short for starters. May just you please extend them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  • fun for whole family

    You actually make it appear really easy along with your presentation but I in finding this topic to be actually something which I believe I would by no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and extremely wide for me. I am having a look ahead on your subsequent submit, I will attempt to get the dangle of it!

blog comments powered by Disqus
Track Weather On The Go With Our App!

Listen Live