That jackpot could soar to $2 billion if there's no victor, according to the Maryland and Texas Lotteries.
Mega Millions tickets cost $2.00 per play. Drawings are held at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.
But Van Sickle says you don't need a mathematician to give you the bottom line, "your odds of getting into a vehicle accident on your way to buy your ticket are higher".
He has his fingers crossed that theyll be in the news again when the winning ticket is announced. But much of the focus has been on Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing and what would be the largest jackpot prize in US history. Cammie Orlandi, manager, hands Baracani his chance at $1.6 billion.
What would Illinois Valley residents do with the cash?
The Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs Tuesday is up to $1.6 billion.
"I never play, but we just kind of figured 'why not?'" Kagan added, noting that if she wins, she said that she would buy a school and build some homeless shelters.
"I think it's really insane that it's gotten this high", Melissa Maldonado said.
"I don't know", Ojeda said, "but I'd like to find out!"
Here's how Mega Millions used to work: Players picked five numbers from 1 to 75 and a Mega number from 1 to 15.
Odds are, someone within earshot is hatching a plan to buy mansions and yachts as long as a city block.
Joe Nelson of Princeton would put the winnings in a bank and let it grow. "I'm gonna buy a home for my children", another said.
"The important thing is you have to make sure that you pay attention to the inventory, and if you do that, you'll be surprised at what it'll do for you down the road", said Musto, Musto Tax and Insurance Services. On Friday, he said about 3,300 tickets were sold, and the line wrapped through the aisles of the store.
"One ticket was $650,000 the one time, so lots of good lucky people", Vermac said. While taking care of him and his family, he'd also give people food and help the elderly.