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“You have to play to win, right?” How Bostonians prepping for a jackpot of $ 970m

Majdoub Rhouziyal has been a busy man.Standing behind the counter at Boston News Cafe Express, with a Red Sox hat…

Majdoub Rhouziyal has been a busy man.

Standing behind the counter at Boston News Cafe Express, with a Red Sox hat and jacket, he called for orders on Mega Million’s tickets Thursday morning, one day before drawing to the second largest jackpot in the US lottery story.

Rhouziyal, 50, said the deal has been fast (“very busy” he said) and he expects to see more customers come in advance to Friday’s drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot, which increased to record $ 970 million on Thursday.

Rhouziyal pressed the buttons on a touch screen. Beep. Beep. Beep. The lottery terminal spelled out a white trash bin, which he handed over to the customer. He did it over and over and said he hopes someone from Boston wins.

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The sale of all Mega Millions tickets in Massachusetts for Friday’s drawing amounted to about $ 2.5 million at lunch time on Thursday. About 640,000 dollars of total sales are only from tickets bought Thursday morning, according to Christian Teja, spokesman for the Massachusetts State Lottery.

Sales data are expected to rise significantly before the drawing Friday night, Teja said.

“The biggest sale is always on the subscription date,” he said.

Paul Daponte, 33, stopped by the Boston News Cafe Express and plunged down $ 10 for five quick tickets. A baker of commerce, he had just made a cateringleverance when he stopped playing Mega Millions.

“You have to play to win, right?” He said.

If he stops winning Jackpot Daponte said he would buy a Boston home – maybe a place at the Millennium Tower – then he would take a vacation and start his own business in the restaurant industry.

“Most importantly, I would give back to society,” said Daponte, who grew up in the Fall River. “Because I’m from trouble, and I would find ways to invest back to some nonprofit organizations.”

John Clancy, 53, of Weymouth went in and bought six Mega Millions tickets for himself and his boss (aka his wife). Three for him and three for her.

“If I win, she wins. If she wins, she wins,” he said with laughter.

Clancy said that if he won, he would like to share wealth with charity organizations that help veterans and other reasons.

Clancy moved to Rhouziyal, who was still behind the counter and sold lottery tickets to a number of customers. “I told him if I won here, I would buy him a shop in the Caribbean,” said Clancy.

“Someone must win so you never know.”

Over at the Sulgrave Kiosk on Milk Street, Jan Hingston, 72, Charlestown waited in line to buy his ticket. When it was her turn, she asked for a quick pick. She had no special numbers to play.

What would she do if she won?

“I would help my family and my extended family, and I would give charities and help women’s causes … and then I would shop,” she said.

Monica Thomas, 43, Quincy went up to the counter to buy his chance to become a millionaire many times over. If she won the jackpot, she said she would also like to share her winnings.

“I would like to help my family,” she said, pausing to overcome opportunities. “Buy a house. Help my church … pay a portion to my church.”

The sales record for a single drawing in Massachusetts is about 32,971 million, which was for $ 1,586 billion Powerball jackpot on January 13, 2016 – the largest lottery jersey ever in the usa

The Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s drawing is estimated at $ 430 million. A ticket purchased in Massachusetts for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing was one of three tickets sold nationwide that won a $ 1 million prize. A ticket sold in Florida won a $ 2 million price, officials said.

The biggest jackpot ever won on a single ticket in the US lottery story is $ 758.7 million. A Massachusetts Woman – Mavis Wanczyk
by Chicopee – was the only lucky winner of the Powerball jackpot in August 2017.

The Jackpot for Saturday’s in-state Megabucks Doubler drawing is estimated at $ 3.5 million, officials said.

Tickets for Mega Millions and Powerball are $ 2 each, and Megabucks Doubler tickets are $ 1 each.

Tickets for Friday’s Mega Millions drawing can be purchased until 10:45 pm Friday at retailers throughout the state. The drawing will take place at 11.00 in Atlanta, said lottery officials.

The results for all the drawings are available at, as well as on the lottery’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, officials said.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney . Andres Picon can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @andpicon .

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