People launched in San Francisco liquor stores, gas stations and donut shops on Thursday to buy a $ 2 lottery…
People launched in San Francisco liquor stores, gas stations and donut shops on Thursday to buy a $ 2 lottery ticket hoping to win the jackpot at close to $ 1 billion.
But Javon Adams, 20, San Jose, one of them.
Instead, Adams – who looked at his friend Matthew Macias, 25, digs into his wallet to withdraw money for a Mega Million ticket – scoffed on the odds.
“I’m happy with my life and for two dollars? It’s McDonald’s money, and I like McDonald’s,” says Adams when he stood in a SoMa cafe. “I just came here for monk.”  Macias could not afford the chance to win the $ 970 million Friday jackpot. He bought a ticket.
“Why not? If I win, I would put money on valuable properties and stock, “says Macias.
About the two friends, Latte Express on Fifth Street was lively with customers waiting in line, bending overboard and filling in Mega Millions tickets, using their nails and nickel to reveal numbers on scratchers.
It’s close to becoming the biggest lottery jersey in American history. It must surpass the $ 1
.6 billion jackpot claimed on January 13, 2016 during the Powerball game. Now the current Mega Millions jackpot is second largest, “said Michael Bond, public information officer with California Lottery.
Meanwhile, the $ 1.9 million mystery winner in San Francisco has not yet claimed the award, California Lottery officials said. The ticket, purchased at Safeway on Marina Boulevard, had five out of six matching numbers. Only the Mega number was different.
The Mega Millions jackpot increased because no players in California or anywhere else in the country matched all six winning numbers, lottery officials said in a statement. As of Thursday, the money value of the $ 970 million winning $ 548.6 million ticket, officials said.
“You have to give it a shot, right?” If you do not win you do not win, Darlene Frohm said 59. “I’ve played the same song, my mother’s number, since 1997.”
Frohm, from Pittsburg where to the south of the market is buying a few Mega Millions tickets. The most she has won in the past was $ 85, but she hopes to be big this time to realize her dream of establishing an ideal organization that supports children living in underground societies.
For some lottery sellers, the rising jackpot has meant more keen customers willing to buy more lottery tickets – regardless of cost.
Fouad Hussein, 58, owner of D / J Market on Mission Street, said he has shaved hundreds of dollars more than usual in ticket purchases.  “Some customers get more than one ticket. Some get $ 20, $ 40 and $ 60 worth of lottery tickets at a time,” said Hussein. “Our sales are usually around $ 200 a day in lottery tickets, but (Tuesday) We sold 630 dollars in lottery tickets. “
Officials with 7-Eleven convenience store at 76 gas station at 3400 Mission St. have played a boost of lottery ticket sales that have surpassed $ 3000 each day in recent days.
Rajan Bhatti , 28, 7-Eleven employee, said that in the last 10 days’ typical 10-hour shift he has sold $ 2500 or more value of lottery tickets.
For a whole business day, he said his colleagues sell more than $ 3,000 in tickets.
California Lottery Officers Released Results for s the ticket and specified 697,930 tickets that had different combinations of matching numbers, and how much money they will pocket after claiming their prices.
To view updates on the growing Mega Millions jackpot, visit www.calottery.com/play/draw-games/mega-millions.  Lauren Hernández is a staff writer in San Francisco Chronicle. E-mail: [email protected] Twitter: @LaurenPorFavor