Feeling Lucky? Ohioans Buy More Lottery Tickets as Jackpots Rise

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We already have the Powerball lottery with its small chances to win and its $500 million and $600 million jackpots.

Under the new rules, tickets are $2 and jackpots reset at $40 million. Folks are very excited. The biggest lottery jackpots of all timeThe largest Powerball jackpot on record was $1.586 billion, which was won in January 2016. I still play Mega Millions, but I have cut back on the number of tickets I buy because of the increase in cost.

Kilbane says there were about $3 million in Mega Millions sales just for the one drawing earlier this week and about $4.5 million for the Powerball.

"This is my first time playing either one, so I'm having fun", Halliburton said.

At the KJ's Superstore in Malad, the lottery line has remained steady.

"I've got a lot of plans to do a lot of good things with it", said Ray. $400 million or something.

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"I can take care of my family", added Wright.

Sherita Lee has more specific plans if she wins. "Then, it breaks my heart seeing homeless people on the side of the street". "'I won?! No! I didn't!' Of course there would be a jubilation". Lottery retailers saying that's prompting many players to put down money on both. It seemed everybody was shelling out big bucks, desperately trying to become an instant billionaire in this weekend's Powerball and Mega Millions drawings. "And we've got this special $5 bundle - the "5 buck bundle.' If you go in and ask for a '5 buck bundle", you get one of all three ticket, the NSJ ticket being free".

"I'd help a lot of people... and my family", he said. I would bet we will hit a billion dollars pretty soon in terms of jackpots.

And even if they do know, people often don't bother to check their tickets once they hear there was no jackpot victor or the winning ticket was bought out of state.

"It's fun to play", said May.

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. Winners also have the option to receive a lump sum of winnings, which offers less money at $347.9 million.