INTERNATIONAL – The US Mega Millions lottery reached nearly $1 billion (R14bn) on Friday, the day of the drawing of what is now the second-largest lottery in US history.
New Yorkers queuing up to buy tickets for Friday’s lottery said they would use the prize money to go on a shopping spree, quit their jobs and donate to charity. Still, with winnings from the largest ever $970 million Mega Millions jackpot, they might have a lot left over.
Excitement over the Mega Millions record has attracted attention from those who do not ordinarily buy tickets.
“I get caught up in the frenzy, and you don’t want to get left behind,” said Venice Naidoo, a client operations specialist at a law firm.
The drawing, which rose from $667 million on Tuesday when no one had the lucky six numbers, will take place on Friday at 11pm EDT (Saturday 5am SA time). Powerball will hold a separate drawing on Saturday for an estimated $430 million jackpot.