MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - Thousands across the region are standing by for Tuesday night's Mega Millions jackpot drawing, hoping to cash in on the $400 million prize.
"I don't usually win much, but I do feel lucky!" said Sharon Yahn, who bought her tickets at Your Bet in Muhlenberg Township.
Customers were in and out of the shop all day, buying anywhere from one to 100 tickets.
By the afternoon, lottery spokesman Gary Miller said 6,000 tickets were being sold per minute, statewide.
"Players are interested in playing for larger jackpots," said Miller.
Miller told 69 News that Tuesday's jackpot had rolled 20 times since January before reaching the whopping amount.
The trend, however, has been consistent since October, when the game changed slightly, resulting in larger jackpot amounts and "slightly more difficult odds," said Miller.
Currently, the odds are approximately one in 259 million. The winning numbers will be drawn at 11 p.m.
"I'm feeling lucky," said Tom Juzefyk, who plans to try his luck not once, but twice this week.
Like many across the nation, Juzefyk intends to complete a new, free-of-charge billion dollar March Madness challenge offered until Thursday.
Sponsored by billionaire Warren Buffet and Quicken Loans, the challenge offers $1 billion to anyone with a perfect bracket.
"I'll give it a try. It's free. Why not?" said Juzefyk.
The odds, however, are even steeper than that of winning the Mega Millions jackpot. According to the bracket challenge rules, odds are approximately 1 in 9.2 quintillion.
Still, many are feeling lucky, making plans for a big win.
"[I'd] quit work immediately. I want everyday to be Saturday!" said Juzefyk.
"I'd pay all my bills first," said Yahn. "And share it with family."
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