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Hopeful Virginians Wait for Mega Millions Drawing

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Virginians and lottery players all around the country are hoping they have the winning ticket to Friday's Mega Millions drawing. People have been keeping convenience stores busy Friday evening trying to get their 11th-hour purchases in.

At the second largest jackpot in Mega Millions history, $425 million are at stake in Friday's drawing.  People in Charlottesville are taking a shot at the big jackpot - some already planning what they'll do with the money. 

The sound of lottery tickets printing has been nonstop at Lucky 7 in Charlottesville.

"It's been busy. I got in here at 1:30 p.m. and that's all I've been doing is pretty much is selling Mega Million tickets," said George Vincent, who works at Lucky 7.

Stakes are so high that even those who don't usually take chances want to get in on the action.

"People that normally don't even play the lottery are playing the lottery because of the jackpot being $425 million," said Vincent.

The jackpot has been growing since October - rolling over 20 times without a winner. We asked some Lucky 7 customers what they would do with their winnings. 

"With that money I would take care of my family first, invest and take care of the homeless," said Linda Emory who purchased a ticket at Lucky 7. 

"We'll probably give out to our kids and friends and take lots of trips," said David Wilson, who purchased a ticket.

The odds are one in 259 million - but that's not stopping these people from thinking they are going to cash in big.

"That's it, that's it. We won," said Wilson.

"I'm feeling lucky, this is it...see this is my lucky ticket," said Emory.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $652 million in April of 2012. The deadline to buy your ticket is 11 p.m. Friday. 

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