CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – With a $355-million jackpot, today Virginians are taking a gamble on the Mega Millions. The Virginia lottery says right now, 6,600 tickets are being sold every minute.
Everyone believes their ticket is the lucky one. Some are bold only buying 1 ticket. Others say a chance at $355-million doesn't come around too often, so they're willing to make a small investment.
Mary Faulkner says she's going to win and when she does she will share her $355-million.
"A lot of people will be happy. (Including me?) Of course!" Mary said.
Whether it's a feeling or just wishful thinking, Nancy Bowers spends her Tuesday-- praying.
"Please god, I need this money," Nancy said.
On game day store clerk Lori Woodel handles a small fortune. She's seen winners, and losers, but still has hope.
"I don't let it bother me. I mean, if it's going to be my time, it's going to be my time. And if the good lord's going to let me win, it's going to be my time. I'm not going to worry about it," she said.
There's a good chance you won't win--- your chances are 176-million to one. It's like reaching in blind-folded and pulling out the one colored grain of rice from six-thousand bags.
"It's unbelievable. But hopefully I have a chance," said Mike Claytor.
Mike selected, and then reviewed his numbers before printing them out. When asked if he would tell his strategy he said, "No. I'm going to keep that a secret right now. Maybe after I win."
Players are ready to throw in the towel at work, buy a new house, or help friends. Mary just wants the winner to be from the commonwealth...kind of.
"We need a millionaire here in Virginia. And I think I look good being a millionaire," she said.
It's one dollar to play. You need to select six numbers. Lori brought in extra staff tonight. We learned some customers wait until 10:59 p.m. to buy their tickets. If there's a winner tonight they will receive about 12.7 million dollars every year for the next 26 years.