Mega Millions helping many dream of a green Christmas
Bruce Hale buys Mega Millions lottery tickets from Sarah Dilworth as Al Brown waits in line at Bunny's Superette in Manchester on Monday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
12/16/13--Mary Jane Gagnon of Hooksett buys Mega Millions tickets from Pramod Nyaupane at Bunny's Superette in Manchester on Monday. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER
The $586 million at stake in tonight's Mega Millions drawing qualifies as a big jackpot.
In fact, it's the second largest jackpot in the game's 17-year history and it has many New Hampshire players dreaming of a green Christmas.
A winner who chooses the one-time cash option would take home an estimated $316.5 million before taxes.
"Ticket sales for Mega Millions are off the charts as this jackpot continues to roll higher. There has even been some discussion that this jackpot could top the previous record of $656 million. Best bet is to get out there early today and tomorrow and buy a few tickets. We're hoping to make a New Hampshire Mega Millions player the next big jackpot winner," said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery.
Ticket sales in New Hampshire have been on the increase since before last Friday's drawing.
"It's been crazy. People are coming in and buying a bunch of them. People would come in and buy 20 or 30. We had people buying 100 at a time," said Victor Borysenko, an employee at DW Highway Mobil in Merrimack.
With the jackpot so high and the cost of a ticket only $1, Carter said, "Instead of buying one they'll do five."
"They always make promises that they'll be back," she said.
Carter said she'll probably buy one ticket, but she doesn't have a plan on how to spend the money if she wins.
A 30-year-old waitress from Exeter, Megan Palmer has teamed up with some former coworkers in hopes of getting rich.
Palmer would have to split the money with about 20 others, but she'd still have enough to buy a new house and travel.
Palmer would also give some money to charity.
"My feeling is the money would be great, but it would also have its challenges," said Jim Fellows of Exeter.
Winning the Mega Millions would certainly be one way to help feed those in need.
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