Convenience stores

Hopeful lottery players flock to central Virginia convenience stores ahead of Mega Millions draw

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Crowds across central Virginia flocked to convenience stores on Tuesday hoping for luck ahead of the huge Mega Millions drawing. The big jackpot now stands at $830 million.

“You can’t win if you don’t play,” Marcio Johnson said.

“I have a winning ticket here,” said Tarus Harding. “Stop playing! »

This is the third highest Mega Millions prize in history. The cash option sits at around $488 million.

Whoever claims the top prize should be prepared for a hefty tax bill of around $122 million in federal taxes and $20 million in state taxes. You may also have to pay again once you file your 2022 taxes.

Many people swarmed the nearest convenience stores in hopes of hitting the jackpot.

“That’s a lot of profit,” said Hemil Patel, director of 7-Eleven. “It will be very busy tonight.”

7-Eleven on Iron Bridge Road in North Chesterfield turned out to be a “lucky store”.

“He told me people were winning left and right here at this store, so I’m going to keep hitting this 7-Eleven,” said Mega Millions ticket buyer Doug Ogle.

“Last drawing, the store sold a $10,000 bill from here,” Patel said.

“I would even be happy about that! A little ten thousand or 20 thousand, whatever,” Ogle said.

Staff prepare to greet the crowds as night falls.

“It happened last Friday when the last drawing was held, so I’m sure there will be more traffic because people will buy more compared to [the] last since it’s raised another $200 million now,” Patel said.

Many potential winners feel lucky and imagine future projects.

“That would be awesome, really,” Harding said.

“I think I’ll retire somewhere nice and fancy, and no work, I’ll just relax,” Ogle said.

Are the odds in your favor? Well, not exactly.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350. The odds of getting your two dollars back are 1 in 37.

“I’ve seen a lot of twos and nines everywhere I’ve worked and everything I’ve done, so hopefully they pay off for me tonight,” Ogle said.

“See you tomorrow when I’m a multi-millionaire,” said another customer.

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