Virginians taking a shot at winning the Mega Millions lottery

Posted at 11:37 PM, Mar 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-30 23:39:10-04

Richmond, Va. (WTVR) - At the Uppy's Exxon on East Broad Street in Richmond, dreamers with dollar signs in their eyes lined up for the largest U.S. lottery jackpot in history.

“I scrounged up 4 quarters out of the car,” said one man we spoke to.

They know it's a long shot, but worth millions.  In fact, the odds of picking the winning numbers  are 1 in 175,711,536, but that didn't deter hopefuls from a $1 gamble.

One man we saw, played $100 worth of tickets.

“20 tickets. How many are you playing?” he asked us.

But people aren't the ones salivating over the record $640 million dollar jackpot.

42  state governments plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands where Mega Millions is played, could mean tens of millions of dollars if they get a hometown winner simply because of the taxes the winner will have to pay.

And with so many people playing, most believe someone is going to win.