Knoxvillians dream big as Mega Millions jackpot hits new record

Knoxvillians dream big as Mega Millions jackpot hits new record

Posted: Updated:
At KenJo BP on N. Broadway, cashiers can't catch a break. At KenJo BP on N. Broadway, cashiers can't catch a break.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With the Mega Millions jackpot at a world record $640 million, people around East Tennessee are lining up to buy tickets.

At KenJo BP on N. Broadway, cashiers can't catch a break. People keep coming in Friday to buy Mega Millions tickets.

Ricky Stallings bought 10. "When I hear it on the news that it's record history high, I figure I'd better put my two cents in," he said.

Friday is expected to be the busiest ticket buying day for many retailers across the state. KenJo cashiers say several people have come in to buy more than 200 tickets at a time.

But Matt Sprouse isn't joining in on the Mega Millions mania. He says the odds of one in 176 million just aren't in his favor.

"You're more likely to become president then win the lottery, more likely to be struck by lightning twice and more likely to have two sets of triplets," Sprouse said.

He also believes in the curse of the lottery. "I've seen those TV shows, what happens to people who win the lottery and I don't want any part of that." he said.

Danny Vick also believes in the curse, but he's willing to take his chances. He bought a couple of tickets. "Bad enough stuff happens to me anyway. I don't have to win the lottery for that to happen," he said.

So as the cashiers stay busy printing tickets, people will keep dreaming about what they'd do with more than half a billion bucks.

"The majority I'd like to see my grand kids have one big smile. I could make sure their education would be paid," Stallings said.

"I'd go shopping every day and buy new clothes every day just as if they were disposable,"  Angielia Smith said.

"I'm going to buy me a little island somewhere and move out there," Vick said.

The big drawing is Friday night at 10:59 EDT.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WATE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.