ALAMEDA, Calif. - Lotto fever is heating up with the drawing for the ninth biggest jackpot in history on Friday night.
You could walk away $548 million richer when the drawing begins at 8 p.m.
A lot of people in California have won previous jackpots.
One of three tickets for the largest jackpot ever at $1.6 million dollars was sold in Southern California in 2016
Early Friday morning, Samir Saleh, the owner of a 7-Eleven store in Alameda says he’s never sold a jackpot winning ticket but he still sells lucky Lotto tickets here. Just last week, someone won $2,500
But at another 7-Eleven he owned in Moraga he says he sold an $89 million ticket.
The last time a winning Mega Million ticket was sold was right here in the Bay Area when 11 co-workers in San Jose went in on an office pool together and walked away with $543 million.
To win you have to buy a $2r ticket and match all six numbers. It may sound impossible but you have a 1 in 302.5 million chance to win.
So what if you do win?
Well, you have two options. You can either take the $548 million in 30 annual payments or you can get a $309 million one-time cash payout.
There were some people trickling in to buy tickets and of course the big question is what would you do if you won?
“I don’t know, just go hide for a little and see what happens,” Saleh said.
Customer Rick Robinson said he would “share some with folks and spend what I could.”