El Pasoans hopeful to win $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

El Paso News

Tuesday night is the big night where El Pasoans and others across the country are vying to win the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot.

Local residents were running into gas stations and convenience stores across El Paso as they are hoping to earn the big win.

The $1.6 billion jackpot has a cash value of more than $900 million. The chances of winning are slim however.

The odds of having all six winning numbers for the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302 million.

Some local ticket buyers told KTSM what they will do with the money if they win.

“Definitely take a long vacation, maybe call in sick to work and then little things like pay the house, buy a car,” Gilbert Anaya said.

Many residents also said they want to pay off bills, or save for their children’s college funds, however the big winnings have many in a giving mood.

“Id also like to contribute to charities as well, I think that’s another thing. If I am lucky then give that opportunity to others as well,” Anaya said.

“Just do something really good with it you know, feed the hungry, the homeless and just do good things with it,” El Paso resident Billy Newell said.

The $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot is the largest lottery pool amount in U.S. history. The last record-high amount was the $1.586 billion Powerball in 2016.

If Tuesday’s drawing doesn’t pull a winner, the drawing on Friday will be up to $2 billion with a lump sum payout of $1.14 billion.

Mega Millions lottery tickets cost $2 each and are sold in 44 states of the U.S., including Washington D.C.

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