Mega Millions climbs to $1 billion

FOX 55 asks Fort Wayne residents what they would do if they're lucky enough to become instantly rich.

Posted: Oct 19, 2018 4:52 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2018 10:16 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-The U.S. Mega Millions lottery reached $1 billion Friday afternoon, which makes it the second-largest lottery in U.S. history.

"Over the last few days, I've sold if I've had to guess, I've sold about 200 maybe 300," said Phil's One Stop Sales Associate Bret Dausch.

There was already a drawing for it on Tuesday when the jackpot was $667 million but no one had the lucky six numbers.

"It's $2, if you get the extra its $3. I think it's worth it, even if you buy one. I know I bought one, " said Dausch.

So what would people here in Fort Wayne do if they won a $1 billion?

"First thing, I'd buy a new car, get out of here. I'd have to pay some bills and then leave," said resident Glenn Phillips.

"Probably start a business. I've always wanted to do my own thing. I think I'd do my own thing and look out west for some land start maybe a ranch out west. I think that would be fantastic and see if I couldn't get family to move with us," said resident Jacob Morris.

"Probably take care of my kids and my grand kids and make sure they were set up and other than that, just have fun, " said resident Steve Adams.

If you win, you have a few options. you can take the annuity option where you get 1 payment and then every year for 29 years. You can also take the cash option of over $550 million. but before you make those decisions, you need to flip over your ticket, and sign it, and then tell as few people as possible.

"Well I certainly wouldn't tell anybody and I'd just leave the state and leave everything behind and not tell anybody where I went," said Phillips.

"I'd tell my wife, and we'd probably keep that very quiet until we figured things out," said Morris.

October 20, the Powerball will hold a separate drawing for an estimated over $430 jackpot.

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