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Central Virginians take part in Mega Millions mania

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You can call it the Mega Millions mania. Right now - the race is on to purchase that winning ticket that could make someone 636 million dollars richer. Tuesday's jackpot increased drastically finding folks all over Central Virginia scrambling to get in on the action.

People are hitting stores all over for a lucky chance. Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing is historic, the second largest jackpot in history.

You don't have to look far to find someone feeling a little lucky.

"Half a billion dollars sounds good doesn't it?" asked Jim Patrick as he got in line.

It's why Kathy Conodra bought $200 worth of tickets. Others bought just a few.

"Two $5 tickets and six $1 tickets," said Larry Collins.

Everybody wants their chance.

"We're getting people from all over the county," said Corinna Endrich of Styles Bi-Rite Store.

There's good reason for that increased traffic flow, whenever the jackpot increases, so does the number of people looking to try their luck.

According to lottery officials, when the jackpot hit 99 million dollars last month - retailers sold more than 20 million dollars in lottery tickets. Just last Friday - when the jackpot was then 425 million, stores sold a 168 million dollars in tickets.

It's a friendly competition with players crossing their fingers the odds will land in their favor.

"Hopefully I'll win it," Collins said.

If someone wins tonight, the take-home cash option is 341 million - before taxes. If there isn't a winner, there will be another drawing on Friday. If no one wins then, the Mega Million jackpot could hit a billion dollars. That would exceed previous jackpots for both Mega Millions and Powerball.

Tuesday's jackpot increase is second to a record 656 million dollar jackpot back in March of last year.

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