LOTTERY FEVER: Thousands hope to become the next millionaire

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Lottery fever is sweeping the nation with million dollar dreams. After both the Mega Millions and Powerball lottery produced no winners this week, Americans are still hoping for champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

The Mega Millions Jackpot is up to more than $970 million. Gas stations and stores around town have been filled with people chancing their luck. Tickets are $2 each.

One woman bought five tickets and says that it is her lucky number. She says she already knows what she would spend her winnings on.

“Paying off some bills, paying off things for my kids. Maybe giving them a little down payment for homes. You know, just good stuff. And giving to the needy,” says Kathy Grimaldi, who lives in Leland.

Grimaldi says she has five people in her family, so she bought one ticket for each person.

One employee says some people are spending more than $100 on tickets. Rick Tosches works at the Exxon in Leland and says tons of people have been lining up since this past weekend.

“Ever since the weekend, we’ve been seeing a crazy amount of business. Usually we have a long line. Sometimes 10, 15, 20 people deep. And people aren’t just spending two our four dollars on the lottery. They’re spending $40 or $100,” said Tosches.

The winner will be announced 11 p.m. Friday.

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