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Mega Millions lottery tickets on sale till how late?

money070111_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A world record that may never be beaten continues to smash the previous number into oblivion. And there’s still time to buy until 10:45 p.m. tonight when they stop selling tickets.

We told you to stay tuned. As if $540 million wasn’t enough incentive for lottery players of all ages across most of the United States, according to ABC News, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot for tonight’s drawing has jumped again, to $640 million, with a cash option value of $462 million.

The drawing went off at $363 million dollars on Tuesday, and had its 18th consecutive game without a jackpot winner. The first estimated value of the next jackpot was $476 million.

Things have happened since then. Like long lines, and tons of ticket buyers, many of them who don’t normally play the lottery. ABC says that an incredible 400 million tickets have been sold in just the last 48 hours for tonight’s drawing at 11 p.m.

According to CBS News, New York lottery agents were selling about 1.3 million Mega Millions tickets per hour on Thursday. Lottery officials expected to sell about 1.2 billion tickets total before the drawing, and one official believes there is a 90 percent chance of a jackpot winner on Friday night.

Owner of the Sherwood Hallmark in West Deptford, Jean Jones, said the store has been about 60 to 70 percent busier, according to the Gloucester County Times. Lourayne Karvoski of Westville News and Cards in Westville says her store has been constantly busy, according to the Courier Post. NJ.com reported that a storekeeper in Ewing said he sold 200 tickets on Monday night, and a retailer in Lawrence says his sales are in the thousands this week.

While the odds of winning the jackpot are astronomical, 150 New Jersey households have no chance of winning at all. According to NorthJersey.com, employees of the New Jersey Lottery are not permitted to buy tickets. That rule applies only to those who work directly for the state commission, but not to the 6,200 ticket selling locations across New Jersey.

Lead director for the Mega Millions group Gary Grief said, according to the Mega Millions website. “Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing will truly be a spectacular event in lottery history and provides an unprecedented opportunity for players to take a chance on a half-billion dollar dream for just the $1 price of a ticket.”

Stay tuned.

 

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