Mega Millions May Be Increasing Business

There are a lot of people with their eye on the prize.

The Mega Millions lottery is now worth more than half a billion dollars.

And ticket sales might be helping some outlets with increased business.

It's become a part of routine at many area convenience stores.

Gas, a soda and a Mega Millions lottery ticket.

Amy Burmeister has been busy at the Blair One Stop.

"Even yesterday people were buying the Mega Millions," she said.

As Nebraskans take a chance to win big.

"Yeah, what the heck," Terry Goldapp said. "Every once in a while you spend a buck on it."

Especially when the pay out is $540 million.

Sandy Christensen is new to this game.

"Do you know I've never ever played the lottery?" she said just before buying a five dollar ticket.

And even though Sandy didn't think about it, she's now a player in a very high stakes game.

"She was just going to get gas but we got her to buy one because it was $540 million," Burmeister said. "I get a few of those people. I don't know what to do but I'll take one."

So far, ticket sales here are about three times higher than normal.

"We have already sold probably close to 400 now in just the morning," Burmeister said.

"Customers were coming in like crazy buying product but they were also buying mega millions, Vicki Rockford of Blair One Stop said. "They want to win that."

"It's already picked up and it keeps progressing," Burmeister said.

So, if no one wins the $540 million and the jackpot and business continues to grow, a new sign may be hanging up at the Blair One Stop...Help Wanted.

"We may need more than two people," Burmeister laughed.

Sandy Christensen said she hopes a lot of people split the $540-million prize.

That way, more people would spend money and help the economy.

She says it would be difficult for even an experienced shopper like her to spend that much money on their own.

The drawing is Friday night at ten.


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