JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – After handing out 99 lottery tickets to eager listeners last week, 99.9 Gator Country was back on Friday in hopes of helping one of its loyal listeners hit the jackpot.
Your Hometown Morning Show’s Amadeus radio personality was at Best Bet in Orange Park to hand out tickets for the $1.28 billion prize.
Tickets went to the first 200 commuters to go through the promotion from 6am on Friday – until they were all gone. They had fallen into the last 50 around 8 a.m.
“It’s like giving away a dream,” said co-host Eden Kendall. “When we hand someone a ticket, it’s like saying, ‘Here’s a few hours fantasizing about what it would be like to be a billionaire.'”
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Many of those who quit early on Friday said they wanted to pay for their house and have enough to retire. Several said they plan to give back to the community if they win.
A listener hoping for luck said she wasn’t greedy.
“I don’t even want a billion,” she said. “I just want enough to get acres, pay for my mom’s house and build a new house and invest in it.”
The Mega Millions prize has grown so much because it has been more than three months since anyone matched all six numbers in the game and hit the jackpot. This equates to 29 consecutive draws without a winner.
The jackpot is the third largest in the country, behind $1.5 billion in prizes won in 2018 and 2016.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.
Apparently, in the last draw on Tuesday, nine people came close to winning the jackpot, according to Mega Millions. Who knows? Maybe someone – or a few people – could have the chance to change their life on Friday night.
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