Mega Millions jackpot reaches $425M

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December 13, 2013, 6:35 pm
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(NECN: Kristen Carosa) - For hair dressers at one salon in Worcester, Mass., the thought of dollar signs made getting through the day a little easier.

"It's so exciting - the drawing is tonight - it could change so many peoples lives," Silvana Nanni at Sylvia's Hair Fashions says.

Seven of them put in $2 each to purchase 14 tickets for Friday's Mega Millions drawing. The jackpot is up to $425 million.

"We joke around, but we are going to call each other tonight if we win - then we will all get on plane and we will go somewhere to figure out what we are going to do with the money - somewhere warm of course because it's so cold here," Diane DiCicco at Sylvia's Hair Fashions says.

The girls didn't have to go to far to get their tickets - a convenience store sits right next door.

Dan Friend is trying his luck as well. He bought two tickets Friday at the Grafton Street store.

"I work two full time jobs - I work like 80 hours a week - hopefully this will help me out - I wouldn't have to work so much - i could spend more times with my kids," Worcester resident Dan Friend says.

The odds of winning the jackpot are less than one in 259 million, but that didn't stop many from lining up.

"Just got my ticket - I bought one - it only takes one to win," Worcester resident Steve Poplawski says.

"We just had a winner in Sterling - now we need one in Worcester - I hope its me," Worcester resident Paul Stapinski says.

"It's a lot of money - I would love to win it and retire early," Worcester resident Emelia Johnson says.

Friday night's jackpot is the second largest in Mega Millions history. Paul Sternburg of the Massachusetts State Lottery says the big prize is driving sales.

"We are doing about $4,500 a minute - at peak times today which will be between 5 and 7 p.m. - we will do between $18,000 and $20,000 a minute which will add up to around $1.2 million an hour," he says.

If someone doesn't win Friday, the next drawing will be on Tuesday. If that's the case, the jackpot will raise to $550 million. And while that sounds great, Sylvia's Salon is hoping for a win Friday night.

"Miracles could happen - it's Christmas time," Nanni says.

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