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Mega-Million hopefuls brave snow, cold

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By: Alexandra Cowley

None of the snowy roads or temperatures in the single digits could keep people from buying a Mega Millions ticket. The jackpot now the second largest ever.

The sound of the tickets printing didn't stop at The Vista Donuts in Attleboro Tuesday night.

"It literally goes in a rhythm to where you can start tapping it out," explained employee Derek MacLeod.

MacLeod printed so many tickets, he found the beat to the Mega Millions madness. He had one customer purchase one hundred single tickets.

"After like 20 tickets printed out I just wished he had done the five on each ticket," laughed MacLeod.

A lot of people came out in the snowy mess to make sure they bought their ticket.

"6-hundred and something million dollars, why not I'd crawl,"said Michelle Plante.

Eugene Fernandes said,  "This is not bad it's like I said it's only like an inch of snow out there I don't know why people aren't out here trying to win the money its not that bad at all."

Even a non–lottery player like Jim Pierce, who just came in from shoveling off the roof of the store, decided to try his luck.

"I feel lucky, because I didn't fall off the roof," laughed Pierce.

Most people know the odds aren't on their side, but it's the thrill, Michelle Plante says, that keeps people coming back for more.

"If you don't try then you don't have a chance so you got to give yourself the chance at least," said Plante.

The odds of winning are 1 in 259 million.

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