Mega Millions mania: Thousands test their luck for $636 million

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist JP HARRINGTON

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Posted on December 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 8:39 AM

AUSTIN -- Across the state Tuesday afternoon, stores sold more than $27,000 worth of Mega Millions tickets every minute. Ticket holders have the chance to win $636 million in the drawing.

"I'm a pretty lucky person, and at some point in time, somebody's got to win," said ticket holder David Glickler.

Many ticket holders are already dreaming of how they would spend the money.

"Go back to school. That would be nice. Put money towards my daughter's college," said Adam Peyton.

You have a better chance of being attacked by a shark or struck by lightning than winning the lottery. The odds of winning this jackpot are one in 259 million.

"I can afford to throw out $2," said David Trice.

While the odds aren't great, most people said it's worth a shot.

"You've gotta be in it to win it, so I'm in it," Glickler said.

"I play it maybe once a month," said Laurie Stevens.

Stevens knows from experience that it's possible to win. She won $100,000 today on a scratch off ticket.

"I still am kind of in shock," Stevens said. "I was sitting there going, 'This can't be true. This is ridiculous.' But I guess it is."

She said she plans to give some of the winnings to her children and to charity, but first she's going to strike while the iron is hot and buy a Mega Millions ticket.

"I think I'm going to buy two numbers and that's it," she said. "I might stop on the way home and buy a couple more scratch offs."

The Texas Lottery Commission expects to sell more than $20 million in Mega Millions tickets Tuesday. Typically they sell half a million. If there's no winner on Tuesday, Friday's jackpot will be an estimated $950 million.

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