It would bring in millions of dollars in new revenue, and keep lottery fans from having to travel across state lines to get in the game.
The Mega Millions winning numbers will be announced at 10pm Friday night. The victor would take home a one-time, cash option of $347.9 million before taxes, should he or she choose a lump sum payment instead of receiving the prize in installments. The cut-off for sales is 9:58 p.m. Saturday for Powerball and 10:44 p.m. tonight for Mega Millions.
Ohio Lottery officials report brisk sales at the state's Mega Millions and Powerball retailers.
"We never have had the jackpot but we are hoping it's this time", Green said.
It's a billion-dollar weekend for lottery players as $450 million will be up for grabs in Friday's Mega Millions drawing, and Saturday's Powerball jackpot is worth another $570 million.
That means that one ticket-holder (there could be more than one winner) will get more than $400 million if he or she had the right numbers.
He said he only bought one ticket for each drawing.
You could probably buy a small island, but then you'd have to build an airstrip and buy a plane to get in and out, so that would eat up so much of your winnings that you'd probably have to sell the island because you couldn't afford the real-estate taxes.
"Hopefully, the Georgia Lottery's gonna fill my needs and come my way", said Jeff Carpenter. The odds of winning that prize from a single ticket are 1 in 292,201,338.
Follow the drawing, MLive will publish an update in the morning that includes whether or not anyone won the jackpot.
Sanders wasn't the only one undeterred by the long odds.
"People don't even realize there are secondary prizes", said Jacobson.