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Mega Millions jackpot approaches drawing $ 1 billion on Friday









Majdoub Rhouziyal was a busy man

Standing behind the counter of the Boston News Cafe Express, wearing a Red Sox hat and jacket, dutifully called for orders for Mega Millions cards Thursday morning, one day before the draw for the second largest jackpot in US lottery history.

Rhouziyal, 50, said the deal is brisk ("very busy," he said) and he expects more customers to arrive before the Mega Millions jackpot was hit on Friday, reaching a record 970 Dollar rose millions Thursday.

Rhouziyal pressed the buttons on a touch screen. Beep. Beep. Beep. The lottery terminal spit out a white piece of paper, which he handed to the customer. He did that over and over and said he hoped someone from Boston would win.

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Massachusetts Mega Millions tickets for Friday's draw totaled about $ 2.5 million at noon on Thursday. Some $ 640,000 of that is spent on Thursday morning tickets alone, reports Christian Teja, spokesman for the Massachusetts State Lottery.


Sales are expected to rise significantly ahead of Friday night's draw, Teja said, "Most sales are always on the day of the drawing," he said.

Paul Daponte, 33, stopped at the Boston News Cafe Express and rushed $ 10 for five quick tickets. He had just become a baker and had just made a catering delivery when he stopped to play the Mega Millions.

"You have to play to win, right?" He said.

If he wins the jackpot in the end, Daponte He said he would buy a condo in Boston – maybe a place in the Millennium Tower – then he would go on vacation and start his own business in the restaurant business.

"Above all, I would give something back to the community," said Daponte, who had grown up in Fall River. "Because I'm out of necessity, and I would find ways to reinvest it in charitable organizations."

John Clancy, 53, of Weymouth, came in and bought six Mega Millions tickets for himself and his boss (aka his wife)). Three for him and three for her.

"If I win, she'll win, if she wins, she'll win," he said, laughing.

Clancy said that if he wins, he would want to share the wealth with charities that help veterans and other things.

Clancy gave Rhoziyal a wink was still over the counter and sold lottery tickets to a number of customers. "I told him if I win down here, I would buy him a deal in the Caribbean," Clancy said.

"Someone has to win, so you never know."

Over at the Sulgrave Kiosk on Milk Street, Jan Hingston, 72, from Charlestown, was waiting in line to buy her ticket. When it was her turn, she asked for a quick pick. She had no special numbers to play.

What would she do if she won?

"I would help my family, and my extended family, and I would give charities and help the causes of women … and then I went shopping," she said.

Monica Thomas, 43, of Quincy, came to the bar to buy her chance to become a millionaire. Like

"I want to help my family," she said. "Buy a House Help My Community."

The record sales record for a single Massachusetts drawing is $ 32,971 million, representing the $ 1,586 billion Powerball jackpot on January 13, 2016 – the largest lottery Jackpot of all time in the USA. [19659005] The Powerball jackpot for the Saturday drawing is estimated at $ 430 million. A ticket bought in Massachusetts for the Powerball drawing on Wednesday was one of three tickets sold nationwide and worth $ 1 million. A ticket sold in Florida won the $ 2 million prize, officials said.

The Jackpot for Saturdays in-state Megabucks Doubler drawing is estimated at $ 3.5 million, officials said.

Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $ 2 each and tickets for the Megabucks Doubler are $ 1 each.

Results for all drawings are available on masslottery.com and on the lottery's pages on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are found, officials said.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney . Andres Picon can be reached at andres.picon@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andpicon .


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