$636M jackpot becomes second largest ever

By Matt Porter

December 17, 2013 Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For millions across the country including New York, a chance at a $636 million jackpot is worth the dollar.

"Dollar and a dream is what they say," Keith Harrington said. "I might as well give it a shot."

Tuesday night, millions will wait to hear if they've won the second largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

Harrington spent the morning delivering beer to Cavanaugh's Grocery in Deli, dreaming of a chance to put down his two-wheeler for good.

"Set for life, you never have to work," Harrington said. "Friends, family, everything around you will be set for life."

Jon Hall walked into the store after a full morning of clearing snow, he also looks for a chance to quit his job.

"I've been up since six o'clock plowing and shoveling," Hall said. "This is my reward."

Fourty-three states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands all sell Mega Millions tickets.

With odds set at 1 in 259,000,000, it's unlikely anyone who walked into the small market will win.

But even people like Joe Maughan of Binghamton, who keep away from gambling, couldn't help themselves today.

"I don't normally play the lottery," Maughan said, "But when these prizes get this high I do. Without a ticket, you can't win."

Felicia Jenings of Binghamton, a regular ticket buyer, said there's a strategy to win.

"I've been playing everywhere," Jenings said. "This is not the only ticket I got because you've got to get them from different places."

Store clerk Jan De Angelo said he's seen more people come in today than on a regular Tuesday at noon, he doesn't doubt the massive jackpot hanging in the window is a lure.

"A lot of people come in probably because it's such a huge number," De Angelo said. "It's half a billion dollars, people want to use the money especially during the holidays."

De Angelo couldn't help but join the other dreamers in the store.

"If I was to sell a winning ticket, I would hope I get something back and never work again," De Angelo said.

The largest payout was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot won on March 30, 2012.

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