Lottery Fever Spurs Ticket Sales As Mega Millions Jackpot Approaches $1 Billion

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This can get complicated, but for the most part winners pay taxes where they bought the ticket and then can get a credit on their taxes in their home state.

"There's the victor", shouted one customer.

Officials raised the estimated jackpot Thursday for the second time because of strong sales ahead of Friday night's drawing for what would be the second-largest lottery jackpot in US history.

Both games have been modified in recent years to increase jackpots.

Excitement over the Mega Millions record has attracted attention from those who do not ordinarily buy tickets.

Three tickets sold in North Carolina were among the 100 $10,000 winners nationwide, lottery officials said. Well you can take your chances in a ticket machine in Chicagos Loop.

He calls these gamblers "infrequent players", and their participation helps boost jackpots to historic levels, he said.

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Jewel Thomas of Downtown doesn't normally buy lottery tickets. "Problem is someone else may be a victor of the jackpot", Odlyzko said.

"That catches people off guard", she said.

Lottery fever is sweeping the nation with a Mega Millions jackpot that is worth a cool $1 billion.

- Millions are on the line after this week's lottery drawings came and went with no victor.

Experts say to name a leader and have one person in charge of buying the tickets.

"More people playing does not have an effect on an individual player's chance of winning", says Johnson. You can pick your own numbers or the computer will do it for you. That reflects the game's long odds, at one in 302.5 million.

Schlesinger said that the money spent on lottery tickets could be put to better use. But cheer up! There are often secondary prizes to these huge drawings that can be worth millions of dollars, and a shocking amount of them go unclaimed - probably because people get too focused on the biggest possible way to win.

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