Excitement builds among lottery players as Mega Millions jackpot hits nearly $1 billion

Excitement builds among lottery players as Mega Millions jackpot hits nearly $1 billion

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - People are flocking to gas stations to get a hold of their Mega Millions tickets in the hopes of winning $970 million.

The drawing is Friday night, and it’s the second-highest Mega Millions jackpot in history, topping the record set in October 2018, when someone from South Carolina won more than $1.5 billion.

The lump sum payment for this jackpot would be $716 million. Some people say they’d like to spend the money on lavish things if they won.

“I would get my family straight, buy a new house, buy a Rolls Royce,” Foli Phillips said.

Still, the charitable side is still there too.

“I’d give a bunch of it to charity,” Phillips said. “I’m going to give the bulk of it away.”

Mike Sampson had similar charitable thoughts.

“I’d probably like to contribute a lot of it to children’s hospitals, cancer society and at this time probably the CDC, considering what we’ve been going through,” he said.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350. People have a better chance of getting a hole in one on a golf course. Those odds are 1 in 12,500.

There is also a better chance of getting struck by lightning ... twice. Those odds are 1 in 9,000,000. What about giving birth to quintuplets? Those odds are 1 in 55,000,000.

While the miniscule odds are discouraging for some, the fact that there’s any chance is enough for others.

“Well you never know, some people win,” Phillips said. “So, it could be me. Could be anybody.”

You can watch the Mega Millions drawing live on WMBF News right before WMBF News at 11 on Friday night.

Copyright 2021 WMBF. All rights reserved.