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Mega Millions Mania

In October, Mega Millions upped their playable numbers from 56 to 75 - dramatically decreasing your odds of winning the jackpot, and no one has won since the change. But, you have a one in 15 chance of winning something...even if it's just getting your dollar back.
We're just a few hours away from the Mega Millions drawing, where the jackpot has topped six hundred million dollars --- and it's still climbing.    

The prize is the second largest in U.S. history, and lottery experts say about 70 percent of combinations will be sold.

Lottery officials estimate at least 170 million tickets will sell on Tuesday alone. Here in the Valley, sales have been steady, and are expected to even pick up as the cut-off time nears.

When we're talking about more than a half a billion dollars, it's hard not to get caught up in the frenzy - especially because there's never been a jackpot of this size this close to the holidays.

Santa, all I want for Christmas is six winning numbers!

The Mega Millions jackpot is reaching epic proportions... and everyone wants a piece of that prize.

"Oh if I won the lottery I'd have a lot of fun!," laughs one ticket-buyer.

Even if the odds are a bit against you...

In October, Mega Millions upped their playable numbers from 56 to 75 - dramatically decreasing your odds of winning the jackpot, and no one has won since the change.

But, you have a one in 15 chance of winning something...even if it's just getting your dollar back.

"It's huge. It's worth the risk of a dollar," said another shopper.
   
Still, that doesn't stop people from dreaming.
   
"None of my friends or family would have to work ever again."

And in true spirit of the season, these potential winners say it's all about giving back:

"I'd probably take care of my family and give some of it to charity."

"Support education. Scholarships. Anything that would enhance our community."

"If I won the lottery, I'd pay off my mom's bills and send my sister to college."

"Take good care of my family and friends and others. Just enjoy life."
   
You can buy a ticket until 10:44 p.m. Eastern time.

The Mega Millions drawing is at 11 p.m., and remember you can watch it live on  NBC 2, your exclusive home of the Hoosier Lottery.
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