PHOENIX — By now, it’s likely you already know if you’re a mega-millionaire or if you’ll be going back to work tomorrow.
For Valley lottery players, a chance at winning the third biggest Mega Millions jackpot in history has let the mind wander, dreaming of what you’d do with all that cash.
The winner could take $830 million over 30 years, or a cash lump sum of more than $480 million before taxes.
”I’d probably retire, buy a house and probably a boat,” said one man with a ticket in his hand at a Gilbert QuickTrip.
“I don’t need that much, probably a million is fine,” said Lynn Carmen.
If Carmen wins, she said she’d spend a good chunk of her cash on philanthropic efforts here and abroad.
She says she typically only plays when the jackpots reach historic levels. The odds of her winning are 1-in-303-million.
If she does win she said, ”I’d be scared though, I’d be like, ‘oh, I need to call my lawyers.” Carmen bought her ticket at a West Valley Circle K near Interstate 10 and 67th Avenue.
Two years ago, a couple won a Mega Millions jackpot here and claimed $410 million.
In the East Valley, a Gilbert QuickTrip was where a married couple bought a Powerball ticket that left them $473 million richer.
Harold Meilleur tried his luck at the Gilbert Road QT in hopes to pay off his house and then some.
“I’d travel and I’d still work I still enjoy my job,” said Meilleur.
Now, chances are you didn’t win and perhaps you’ll find peace of mind in this.
Arizona Lottery Office officials say over 6% of every ticket sold goes back to the retailer.
When a Lake Havasu City family won $108 million from the Desert Martini last year, the store reportedly received a $50,000 bonus.
John Gilliland with AZ Lottery explains that losing tickets still goes toward good use.
“$4.8 billion since the 80s have gone to vital programs and services, that’s tax money in AZ pockets that's going into AZ pockets that wouldn’t be,” said Gilliland.