GF Residents Take a Stab at Winning 'Mega Millions'GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The Mega Millions jackpot swelled to $640 million on Friday. And people in town aren't wasting any time. They're buying as many tickets as they can afford.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The Mega Millions jackpot swelled to $640 million on Friday. And people in town aren't wasting any time. They're buying as many tickets as they can afford.
If the $640 million was taken as a lump sum it would equal out to $462 million and after taxes the winner would walk away with $347 million, It's a little more than half the winnings, almost too much money for just one person.
"I wanna win it," said an excited Grand Forks man.
Harold Grabanski wants a share of the $640 million but so does everyone else.
"It's a lot of money," said Ken Wallace.
So many people were buying tickets-the lottery machine couldn't even handle it. Some people didn't even realize how much one ticket was worth.
"You know it just went up to 640 million?"
But just one ticket wasn't enough for some people who wanted to up their odds.
"I just bought 17 dollars worth of Mega Millions," said Mega Millions Player, Claudia Lemar.
You can either, pick your own numbers or let the computer do it for you. People say the random numbers a machine draws is the way to go.
"I did that for awhile, didn't seem to work so back to the quick picks," said Mega Millions Player, Rob Sheppard.
Most people agree it would be selfish to keep the winnings to themselves.
"You gotta give a lot of it away, I mean what else are you going to do with it?" asked Swendra.
"I gotta couple of children, I'd give it to them, two grandchildren--you'd get some!" said Grabanski.
Whether the winner donates to charity or shares the winnings with family--people think it's almost too much money.
"It's just unimaginable," said Wallace.
And others don't think it would really impact them.
"I don't think I'd change my lifestyle too much," said Grabanski.
No matter what, it would be a rather large chunk of change.
"Pretty awesome to win that kind of money," said Sheppard.
The numbers will be drawn at 10 p.m. Friday night, so if you bought a ticket make sure to have it ready.
You're more likely to be struck by lightening at about 1 in 176 million.