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Published March 30, 2012, 05:41 PM

Mega Millions fever sweeping the metro area

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Overnight the Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $640 million. It's the largest lottery jackpot ever.

Overnight the Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $640 million. It's the largest lottery jackpot ever.

The odds of winning may only be 1 in 176 million, but that hasn't stopped thousands from buying up tickets all week. The jackpot has grown by nearly $300 million just since Tuesday.

The lines at convenience stores around Fargo seemed endless, as nearly everyone who stopped in to this Stop-N-Go in South Fargo, bought at least one chance at a very rich future. Managers tell us that these high numbers drive up sales of other merchandise too.

We saw people buy everything from one ticket to more than fifty at a time, and everyone has at least an idea of what they would do with the money.

Brittney Held – Bought 35 Tickets: “I'd like to go on a vacation somewhere warm, not North Dakota, I guess.”

Justin Thompson – Wants News Truck: “A new truck, most definitely, mine's been going a couple years.”

Now you still have almost four more hours to buy tickets, with sales stopping at 9. The drawing is at 10.

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