MYRTLE BEACH, SC – If you want to be a millionaire, tonight is your chance at a $270 million jackpot, the largest seen this year for the Mega Millions.
A Mega Millions ticket costs $1, and if you throw in another, you could have a chance to multiply a non-jackpot prize.
Coastal Petro store owner says people have been cashing in, but they'll sell the most tickets after 4 p.m. Since it's Friday, he's expecting a lot of people to play after work, which means the jackpot may jump up. Lotto officials say when the jackpot hits $200 million, they see a lot of first-time winners enter the game.
The Palmetto state has seen eight million-dollar winners, dating back to 2010, but there have been no Mega Millions jackpot winners.
It was about three months ago that the Mega Millions found a lucky million dollar winner at the BI-LO in North Myrtle Beach (http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/24273203/1-million-lottery-winner-says-wife-fainted-after-hearing-the-news). Had this buyer spent one extra dollar for the MegaPlier, that person could have won the $648 million dollar jackpot.
In the last month, two Palmetto Cash 5 tickets were sold, one at the Kangaroo Express #3073 at 4481 Socastee Blvd., and one at the Murphy USA on Kings Rd. Each winner took home $200,000. (http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/24905338/two-200000-palmetto-cash-5-tickets-sold-in-lexington-and-myrtle-beach)
The odds of winning the Mega Millions tonight are one in 259 million. You have until 10 p.m. to purchase a Mega Millions ticket and beat those odds. You can watch the drawing on WMBF News at 11 p.m. to find out if you're a millionaire.