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MegaMillions craze hits the Panhandle

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People across the country including the panhandle have been flocking to gas stations to buy lotto tickets before tonight's Mega Millions lotto drawing.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Mega Millions jackpot climbed to $636 million dollars.

Lottery officials say it's the second highest drawings in U.S. history.

In Gering, sales are going through the roof.

Workers at the Shell gas station on 10th street say one man purchased $300 worth of the tickets. Down the street at Loaves N' Jugs, another visitor purchased $190 worth of tickets.

Earlier this morning, the jackpot was set at $586 million dollars. That number has since been broken.

Shell Cashier Cody Cox says some people are even hoping there isn't a winner tonight just so more records can be broken.

"It's almost like you got people saying aww, I don't want to win tonight just so they can see that one billion but at the same time if they did hit that 586 million, I'm sure they're not going to be too upset."

The chances of winning tonight's Mega Millions are roughly one in 259 million people. You have better chances of becoming president of the United States.

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