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Mega Millions Drawing: Would be winners crossing state lines to buy tickets in $ 1.6 billion jackpot



The Mega Millions Jackpot has grown to $ 1.6 billion, and the winning ticket may be the biggest prize in American history. So people across the country are lining up to bet big.

At a convenience store near the Georgia-Alabama border Tuesday morning, the Mega Millions line was 50 people deep. An hour later it was out the door. Most people drove from Alabama where there are no Mega Millions.

Jesse Pritchett bought 1

00 tickets.

"My chance is as good as everyone else. I think somebody must win," he said.

Forty-four states have Mega Million's mania. Excess crowds were seen in Primm, Utah, and at Blue Bird Liquor in Los Angeles. California sells 540 tickets a second. A St. Louis grocery store gave away 1600 free tickets. Customers had five seconds to take them as they swirled inside a windy machine.

Mega Millions has more than 302 million possible numbers combinations. Lottery officials expect to sell 75 percent of them on Tuesday night drawing when Mega Million's host John Crow will announce the six winning figures.

"One million dollars is life change, but one billion dollars is extraordinary. So the excitement, the enthusiasm that generates right now is what's good with this jackpot," said Crow.

In a magical moment, someone could get dirty rich. Fast.

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