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Mega Millions reaches $425 Million

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Ashley Lewis, Cashier Ashley Lewis, Cashier
Larry McCray Larry McCray
Marion Bishop, Cashier Marion Bishop, Cashier
Stacey Tucker Stacey Tucker
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Lottery players in South Georgia are hoping Christmas will come early.  Tonight's Mega Millions Jackpot is worth an estimated $425 million.     

The Mega millions jackpot has been growing since October. Many South Georgians believe they have the winning ticket, but say if they won they wouldn't keep it all to themselves.  

Friday the 13th could be the luckiest day of the year for several South Georgians wanting to be the next lottery winner to win more than $400 million. Several gas station employees around town say they've been busy all day selling hundreds of Mega Million tickets.  

"We've sold about five, six, seven hundred tickets today and I hope someone or two or three people win the big jackpot," said Marion Bishop.       

When lottery jackpots reach this high, some players like to pool their resources with co-workers or friends to increase their chances of winning.    

"I have had a lot of pools from businesses putting in selling sixty dollars, seventy dollars at a time," said Ashley Lewis.    

Larry McCray is picking his numbers carefully. He says there is several things he would do if he won the jackpot.  

"I'd go on a trip, I'd build my pastor a new church, buy a new home, the list goes on and on," said Larry McCray.      

All you need is $1 and your chances of becoming a multi-millionaire could come true. Not everyone is playing the Mega Millions. Stacey Tucker says she usually plays Keno, but says she would give back to the community if she won more than $400 million.  

"Because with that kind of money, why wouldn't you want to help people, there are a lot of homeless people, so I would definitely give back," said Stacey Tucker.  

Woodall's Cashier Marion Bishop found time to buy herself a ticket. She believes she has the winning golden ticket.  

"Yes I feel that I have it and once it come out I'm going to share it with all the Woodall's employees and probably just keep working, but have fun while I have money," said Bishop.

  Some even say they will continue to play even if they don't win.  

"If you don't play you can't win," said McCray.    

The drawing starts Friday night at 11. You can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.  All proceeds from the Mega Millions benefit education in the state of Georgia. Since its first year the Georgia Lottery Corp has returned more than $14.8 billion to the state for education.

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