SHERMAN, TX - In one survey the average american earns around $1.5 million during their entire lifetime which means they would have to live 426 consecutive lives to earn the amount of money they could win in tonights Mega Millions lottery by purchasing one ticket for a buck. What would you do with half a billion dollars? KXII hit the streets to find out what Texomans would do with the money if they drew the winning ticket.
It's a jackpot for the ages.
"I wanna win that money." "House on the hill, boat on the lake." "There's a lot of good this money could do." "Maybe donate some of it." "Travel the United States," said several people trying their luck.
With an estimated $640 million dollar jackpot, Texomans were coming out of the woodworks to play tonights Megamillions lottery.
"I'd give some of it away to charities, but I'd try to spend as much of it as i could before I died," said one lotto player.
It's the biggest pot in world history and despite the odds of winning being 1 in 176 million, people are forking over their cash in hopes of becoming one of the richest people on earth.
"If you don't play you don't win." "Why pass up that much money if you have a chance at winning." "It's worth a dollar for that chance." "I bought about 20 tickets of my own."
People have been flooding into this store all afternoon buying up lottery tickets playing their hand and at jackpot that is now worth more than 600 million dollars. That's of course before taxes.
$178 million dollars. That's what uncle sam would get if you were to take the cash option of $462 million.
"If you win that kind of money, as long as he leaves me enough to take care of what i need to take care of for the rest of my life with my family," said one player.
"That's the law. I mean that's the percentage that it gets so, hey."
But if you don't want uncle sam to take a huge chunk of your change you can go with the annuity payment of $24.6 million annually for 26 years. That is, if you end up being one of the luckiest people on the planet.
"Someone hasn't won in a long time so it's probably someone's turn."