Locals get lotto fever over record high Mega Millions jackpot

It seems like people have caught the lotto fever. Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is a record-setting $667 million. 

“Everyone is buying one tonight,” said cashier Robert Baca.

People are rushing to their nearest convenience store hoping to win big in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing.

“I’ve played it before,” said local Elena Kolezar. “Three times maybe or so.”

The jackpot has been growing ever since a group of coworkers in California shared a $543 million prize in July. The odds of winning are about 302-million to one. People KRQE News 13 spoke with hope the odds are in their favor.

“If you don’t try you can’t win,” said local Pedro Perez.

Many said if they win, they would give back to the community.

“Help the homeless,” said Kolezar.

“I would donate it to the Animal Humane and to the animals in our state that need help,” said local Julie Randall.

Of course, they would also pocket some money for themselves. 

“Lot of things, pay the bills, pay the taxes,” said Perez. 

“Oh, I would…I would probably get a pedicure,” said Randall.

Randall said the trick is to buy your tickets every time at the same store.

“I’ve won of course over $200 just here and there,” said Randall. “But I’ve won the Seattle-bound trip that they just had, an all expense paid trip from one of my non-winner second chance scratchers.”

They all said in order to win, you need to play.

“What’s a couple bucks here and there? You might be that lucky winner,” said Randall.

Wednesday’s drawing is the Powerball. That jackpot is now at $345 million. 

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