Friday’s $1.35B jackpot drawing second-largest in US history

$1.35b Mega Millions Prize Drawing Set For Friday Night
Gene J. Puskar - staff, AP
A Mega Million sign displays the estimated jackpot of $1.35 Billion at the Cranberry Super Mini Mart in Cranberry, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. After twenty-five consecutive drawings, with no grand prize winner named, the Mega Millions jackpot is now $1.35 billion, making it one of the largest jackpots in lottery history.

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The drawing for the second-largest mega millions jackpot in the country’s history happens Friday night.

$1.35 billion is on the line, and Rhode Islanders are securing their tickets for a chance to win.

“I’m not but actually my grandmother, I took her to an appointment yesterday and she was talking about it and she was like oh my gosh, like she made me stop and get her two of them, she’s like I always play when it’s this big,” Breanna, a Cranston resident told ABC 6 News.

When asked what people would do with over a billion dollars, “I would probably, I would definitely retire, I would buy a house for like my parents, myself and I’d get like a bunch of dogs,” Breanna said.

A Warwick resident, Olivia Gird, told ABC 6, “I think I’d probably pay off my student loan debts first, but a house, I think what most people would do, travel, things like that, help my family.”

An economy expert told ABC 6 that the reason there have been consecutive multi-million-dollar jackpots is because of ticket price inflation.

Prices for mega million tickets went from $1 to $2 within the last five years.

Because of the inflation, the same number of tickets might be sold, but the jackpot is even higher. But not everyone believes in the luck of the lottery.

Residents told ABC 6 they might opt out of buying tickets this time around, “I don’t know I feel like it’s kind of a rigged system,” Gird said.

Breanna added, “If I’m going to be honest with you, no, probably not because of the odds but I think that it’s fun, and you know somebody does win it at the end of the day.”

The drawing is tonight at 11 p.m., and if no winner is selected, the jackpot will roll over again, until Tuesday’s drawing.

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