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Aspiring Multi-Millionaires Line up for High-Stakes Jackpot

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The stakes are high in Tuesday night's Mega Millions jackpot drawing - $636 million high.

It’s the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions in history - trailing last year’s $656 million prize - and it keeps growing. People all across the commonwealth are getting their last-minute tickets Tuesday night, hoping lady luck is on their side.

Lucky 7 on East Market Street was busy all day.

"I've been here for a couple hours and that's all I've done pretty much the whole time is sell lottery tickets,” said George Vincent, who works at the convenience store.

The high stakes have lottery hopefuls planning what they'll do with their riches.

“I'd probably give some to my family and go on vacation, go to Europe,” said Kerry Davis.

"We wouldn't use it for ourselves. We would just help other people,” said Linda Hemby.

Brian Wilberger said, "I'd be generous, I'd let a lot of people in my life rest easy so I think I'd do some good with it."

Many people just let the machine pick their tickets while others turn to their typical lucky numbers.

"I kind of use birthdays, kids’ ages to figure out the rest,” Wilberger said.

But Robert Gardener is doing things differently this time around.

"I just kind of sat down and meditated and just kind of tried to visualize them so we'll see what happens,” he said.

With his notebook of numbers in tow, he set out to buy his winning tickets.

"Believe it or not I would give almost all of it away,” Gardener said. “I just want enough to live and be happy and give the rest to charity."

Chances of winning the big prize are one in 259 million, but that's clearly not discouraging some aspiring multi-millionaires.

The winning numbers are: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball: 7

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