Knoxvillians turn out to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets

Knoxvillians turn out to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets

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"Five bucks for a chance at $400 million, that's a lot of money, Knoxville resident Allen Harris said. "It'd do a lot of people some good." "Five bucks for a chance at $400 million, that's a lot of money, Knoxville resident Allen Harris said. "It'd do a lot of people some good."

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is the third highest in Mega Millions history and the sixth largest in U.S. jackpot history at an estimated $400 million.

"If you don't play you ain't going to win so you might as well take a chance," Knoxville resident Josh Sharp said.

"Five bucks for a chance at $400 million, that's a lot of money, Knoxville resident Allen Harris said. "It'd do a lot of people some good."

Harris said if he wins the money, he has plans to share the wealth, keeping around $100,000 and giving the rest to local charities.

"If I win it, I'm going to share it with a whole lot of people because I'm old enough I don't need that much money anyway," Harris said. "I don't know what I'd do with but it's a chance of a lifetime so you might as well take it while you can."

In October, the lottery changed its rules.

It now selects from a pool of 75 white balls and 15 yellow or mega balls.

The change has allowed for more lower level winners but it also made it harder to win the top prize.

"I play because it's the highest I've seen it and could use the money," Knoxville resident Chris Wheat said.

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