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Optimistic lottery players gunning for 8th largest Mega Millions jackpot in game’s history

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – What would you do with $520 million? It’s up for grabs in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing at 11 p.m.

This grand prize marks the eighth largest lump-sum in the game’s history.

“The Mega Millions Jackpot hasn’t been this big since June of 2019,” said VA Lottery spokesperson, John Hagerty.

The lottery increased its Mega Millions jackpot total from $510 million to $520 million after no winner was declared during Tuesday’s drawing.

“It’s mind-boggling. The average person – like myself – couldn’t imagine how much money that would be,” said lottery player, David Ford.

Before you go rushing to the store, just know your chance of winning half of a billion dollars is slim.

“The odds of winning the jackpot of Mega Millions are more than 1-in-302 million,” said Hagerty.

Long shot or not, let’s be honest – everyone could use some extra money in 2021, and you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

“When it gets big like this, you got to take a chance,” said Ford.

“If you don’t play, you don’t win,” said lottery player, Shona Deshay.

“I got to play, one chance. If you’re not in it, you can’t win it,” said lottery player, Lisa Moore

The million-dollar question is what would you do if you won the money?

“Be in shock for a little bit,” said Deshay “I probably take care of my family.”

“I probably pay my house off, and do some upgrades to the house,” said Ford.

“All my family members that I’m really close with, I would give them some money,” said Moore.

What would you do with $520 million? It’s up for grabs in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing at 11 p.m.

Mega Millions jumps to $625M, 4th largest jackpot in game’s history

A digital billboard in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, shows jackpots for the Mega Millions and Powerball games. Lottery players have a chance to win the largest jackpots in nearly two years as Mega Millions has grown to $600 million and Powerball has climbed to $550 million. (AP Photo by Scott McFetridge) AP AP

LANSING, MI — It’s been more than two years since the Mega Millions jackpot was as large as it is right now, and the jackpot keeps getting bigger. A previously announced jackpot of $600 million for the drawing set to take place on Tuesday, Jan 12 is now worth $625 million as ticket sales have exceeded expectations already.

The $625 million jackpot is the 4th largest in the history of Mega Millions and the largest for the game since a player in South Carolina won a $1.537 billion jackpot in October 2018. The jackpot has steadily risen in recent weeks after not gaining much steam following the last jackpot win in September.

Should no one win Tuesday night’s drawing, the jackpot would increase enough to become the second largest jackpot in the game’s existence and one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history.

MLive will be providing live results of the drawing which takes place at 10:59 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the following TV stations throughout the state:

  • WBKB-TV 11 (CBS)
  • WDIV-TV 4 (NBC)
  • WNEM-TV 5 (CBS)
  • WXSP-TV (MyNetwork TV)
  • WLAJ-TV 53 (ABC)
  • WMKG-TV 38 (IND)
  • WLUC-TV 6 (NBC/FOX)
  • WGTU-TV 29/WGTQ-TV 8 (ABC)

For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out the official Michigan Lottery site, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.

The last player from Michigan to win a Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot was Cristy Davis of Waterford who won $70 million playing Powerball in February. With her winnings, Davis said she planned to buy a new house and car.

And while she was a lucky winner, it’s smart for players to check their tickets immediately as a winner worth $1 million sold in Hartland in 2019 went unclaimed. The ticket was purchased at the Speedway in Hartland, but the winner never came forward to claim the prize. The money instead went to the state’s School Aid Fund.

If you’d like to be the next player from Michigan to win a huge lottery prize, take a look at these tips from lottery expert Richard Lustig. The author of “Learn How To Increase Your Chances Of Winning The Lottery” has won more than $1 million in Florida by winning top jackpot prizes in smaller games.

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Mega Millions jumps to $625M, 4th largest jackpot in game’s history A digital billboard in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, shows jackpots for the Mega Millions and Powerball games.