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Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $425 Million

December 13, 2013, 6:12 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $425 Million

Everyone knows the odds of winning the lottery are very slim. But that doesn't stop thousands from buying up tickets, especially when the pot is large.

We stopped by Lewis Drug Friday, to find out who's taking their chances on the $425 million Mega Millions Jackpot.

It may be Friday the 13th, but that isn't stopping people from trying their luck on the lottery.

"I don't usually buy the Mega Millions, but when it's $425 million I can take that," Mega Millions player, Chuck Kellogg said.

"Every time it gets over 200 we all go in. We don't go in every time, but we wait for it to get to the larger ones. So when it gets up to this size obviously everybody wants to go in," ticket buyer, Jeff Armstrong said. 

Armstrong says his employees at Splash City all go in together to better their chances of winning. But he jokes that he's not so sure that would be the best thing for his business if they win.

"I bet you probably about half of them would show up and the other half would say I think I'm done. To be very honest, I don't know. The chances aren't very likely, but we hope," Armstrong said. 

The odds of winning the jackpot are very slim, about 1 in 258 million. That's one reason some people choose not to join in.

"I just don't really believe in it, and I just have never done it. I always think I'd never win anyway probably," Sioux Falls resident, Alice Anderson said. 

Alice Anderson says even though she's a skeptic, she could still find ways to spend that kind of cash.

"I could probably use it. I have things I would probably give the money to if I got it. But it's nothing that I depend on at all, or actually even think about," Anderson said. 

"I know one of the things would be a '57 Ford Thunderbird for my wife. Because she loves them," Kellogg said. 

"Everybody would splurge and do some good things with it, obviously. Turn around and give to some charity obviously and do some good things. Absolutely," Armstrong said.

We hope to have the winning Mega Millions numbers during the 10 o'clock news.

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