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Lubbock lottery players scramble for world record jackpot

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to a world record, $540 million. No one matched all five numbers and the mega ball in Tuesday's drawing, which was worth $363 million.

So the jackpot has continued to grow, along with the interest. It's the hottest ticket in town.

United Supermarkets says in the last three days their sales have increased by 268%.

Players pick five numbers, including a mega ball number. If you really like what you chose, you can add a megaplier which increases your winnings by 2, 3 or 4 times.

We found some people hoping to cash in for the first time, others were banking on their lucky number, and many were regulars.

We ran into a former lotto winner, Estella Barron. She split $20.9 million back in 2006 with five of her co-workers.

Thousands, even millions haven't been so lucky, but they still have hope.

"Why do I keep playing? Because I have two grandsons and a kid in college," one player said in line.

The odds of winning are 1 in 176 million. That means you're 19 times more likely to hit two holes in ones in a round of golf than to pick the winning numbers.

Mega Millions is played in 42 states, plus D.C. and the Virgin Islands. There has never been a Mega Millions winner here in Lubbock, but there have been eight other lotto winners.

The drawing is Friday at 10 p.m. Central time. You can check lottery results live here on KCBD.com.

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