For the first time ever, both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are stuffed with more than $300 million each, and Southern Californians were lining up to grab tickets.
At Baycrest Wines & Spirits in Costa Mesa, lotto tickets were outselling liquor on Friday afternoon.
“It’s lottery, lottery and more lottery,” owner Sylvia Bice said. “Maybe this should be a lottery store instead of a bottle store.”
In the early 1990s, Baycrest sold a lotto ticket worth $13.5 million, and in 2014 another ticket was good for $1 million.
Bice estimated that in the last week, with the surging Powerball and Mega Million jackpots, Baycrest has sold more than $35,000 in lotto tickets.
“It gets really intense, the closer it gets to the drawing, ” she said.
The 8 p.m. draw for Friday, Aug. 11’s Mega Millions was at $393 million. Saturday, Aug. 12’s draw for Powerball was at $356 million.
Mark Wren, 57, of Newport Beach bought $8 in tickets at Baycrest but doesn’t expect to win.
“I have a much better chance of being hit by a falling airplane, ” he said. “But it’s still fun.”
Wren reflected on what it would be like to win a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot: “It would be fun to invest the winnings, but it wouldn’t change my life.”
John Horn, 61, of Newport Beach said he buys lottery tickets each week at Baycrest.
“I don’t feel lucky,” he said Friday while purchasing more. “It just something to do.”
His plan if he wins?
“I would get some toys,” Horn figured. “Maybe a nice fishing boat.”
Al’s Market in Westminster was also packed Friday with customers who quickly snapped up lotto tickets.
Harry Vo, 70, of Santa Ana bought $38 in Mega Millions tickets. “I feel lucky,” said Vo, who last year won $2,700 in the lottery. ” I hope I win the big one.”
“I feel lucky,” said Vo, who last year won $2,700 in the lottery. ” I hope I win the big one.”
He would use the money to build a Buddhist temple in Santa Ana…