Half a billion dollars and then some.
It’s a nearly unfathomable sum of money. And, anyone who came into such a huge amount would be worth as much, if not more, than many of today’s A-list celebrities, including Madonna and Justin Bieber.
Of course, the odds of winnng the record $540 million Mega Millions jackpot are infinitesimal — roughly one in 175 million, to be more precise.
But, that hasn’t stopped area residents from flocking to lottery retailers to purchase tickets for their shot at riches beyond their wildest dreams.
Merchants say the record jackpot has led to a massive jump in lottery ticket sales.
“We’ve seen a pretty good jump,” said Dadym Vadym, an employee of Ken’s Express Mart on 29th Street. “We’ve gone from selling about 100 Mega Millions ticket day to 300 or 400 a day.”
The increased ticket sales have led an increase in business overall, Vadym said, because people who come into the store to purchase lottery tickets generally buy other items while they’re there.
At First Stop, located on Winchester Avenue at the foot of Ashland’s twin bridges, lottery ticket sales have gone up “quite a bit” as a result of the Mega Millions jackpot, store employee Dana Spears said.
Spears said she and her co-workers at First Stop had done their part by making sure customers were aware of the massive prize and asking them if they’ve purchased their chances yet.
One thing the jackpot hasn’t done is create a noticeable increase in the number of out-of-state customers because Mega Millions tickets also are sold in Ohio and West Virginia, Spears said.
The Mega Millions drawing will take place at 11 tonight. Tickets will be sold until 15 minutes before the winning numbers are drawn.
The winner — or winners, as the case may be — would receive $540 million if they chose to have the jackpot doled out in annual payments. The cash option would be $389 million, which is still one of the biggest jackpots ever.
The second-largest Mega Millions prize was for $390 million in 2007. The jackpot was split by two separate winners — a married couple in Woodbine, N.J., and a truck driver in Dalton, Ga. — who each picked the same combination of six winning numbers.
A similar situation happened last year with the third-largest Mega Millions jackpot of $380 million. That prize was split by two winners: a married couple in Ephrata, Wash., and a woman in Rathdrum, Idaho.
KENNETH HART can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2654.
Chances of winning Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 175 million
Half a billion dollars and then some.
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Judge denies renewed motion to dismiss Rosen lawsuit
A judge has refused to dismiss a former Boyd district and circuit judge’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law that affects his ability to run for re-election this fall.
In an order entered on Friday, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas D. Wingate denied a renewed motion to dismiss by current Boyd Circuit Judge George W. Davis III, an intervening respondent in the suit filed in January by Marc I. Rosen.
Ashland football players join special-needs students for prom
The purple chiffon gown and the sparkling tiara are back in the closet four days after the big dance, but Karina McBride still hasn’t stopped talking about Saturday night — the decorations, boys bringing her cups of punch, her first kiss (on the cheek, her mother hastens to interject), and dancing the night away at her first prom.
“She’s been flying high since that night,” said Michele Woods, who is Karina’s mother and who brought together friends and volunteers to organize a prom for special needs students.
Concrete pouring at Putnam
Workers are pouring concrete foundations at Putnam Stadium and once those are dry and cured will be ready to install seats at the historic arena.
The workers are putting in 12-hour shifts to keep on schedule to complete the stadium’s reconstruction in time for this fall’s football opener, said site supervisor Craig Chinn of Trace Creek Construction.
The most visible work is happening on the home-team side of the stadium, where workers Tuesday were setting forms for the cylindrical concrete piers that will support the seats. Once those are poured, cured and inspected they will add the seats.
Unique races for Carter magistrates
Carter County magistrate ballots are full of candidates eager to represent constituents in each of the five districts that make up the county’s fiscal court.
Of the five seats available, three magistrates are seeking re-election: Clarence “Sonny” Fankell, D-Grayson, District 2; Clifford “Sodbuster” Roe, D-Olive Hill, District 4; and Brandon Burton, R-Olive Hill, District 5.
The incumbents will each have to battle as many as three opponents in their district primaries next month before they can focus on reclaiming their magistrate titles in the November general election.
This year’s magistrate race will host a total of 22 candidates, with 11 from Grayson, nine from Olive Hill and two from Denton.
Martin County marks 50 years since LBJ visit
Today marks 5o years since former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Inez resident Tom Fletcher and promised to end poverty in America on April 24, 1964. On Friday, Inez will be commemorating the occasion with a special event.
Trail Town trial run to be in Olive Hill this Sunday
Olive Hill will participate in a trial run this Saturday in the city’s push to become a certified Kentucky Trail Town.
Some area farmers may be eligible for LIP program
The Grayson Farm Service Agency, (Boyd, Carter, Elliott and Lawrence) is having registration for the Livestock Indemnity Program to eligible producers who suffered losses beginning Oct. 1, 2011, and subsequent years.
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The King’s Daughters Pregancy and Infant Loss Support Group invites families who have experienced the loss of an infant during pregnancy or following birth to participate in a butterfly release and prayer ceremony at 2 p.m. May 10 at the Ashland Central Park fountain.
Garner hosting National Day of Prayer activities
The Garner Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting day long events at the Kyova Mall to commemorate the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1.
Flatwoods mayoral debate set for Tuesday
A public debate among the candidates seeking to become the next mayor of Flatwoods will take place next week.
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