Mega Millions frenzy is sweeping across the country and through Central Texas. If no one wins Tuesday night then the jackpot of $636 million could jump even higher.
"We prepared for a busy day," said Amilali Prasla, who runs the Zip-N on Shoal Creek. According to the state his store sells more lottery tickets than any other shop in the Austin area.
Pam Barbeau lined up to buy tickets for her co-workers and their office pool. "Some of us said we'd buy an island but the whole department would shut down so I'm not sure how that would work," Barbeau laughingly said.
"People are very excited to buy tickets and become the next millionaire in Austin," Prasla said.
Across the country Mega Millions reported at one point during the day 500,000 tickets were sold each minute. In Texas, more than $20,000 worth were sold per minute. The odds of winning are one in 256 million.
Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Gary Grief says a spike in ticket sales pushed the jackpot up $50 million Tuesday morning.
"By the end of today for the day alone we expect to sell more than $20 million dollars in Mega Millions tickets," said Grief.
About 70 percent of the number combinations will be purchased so what happens if no one wins?
"I'm guessing by Friday night the number will be something that starts with a b and we'd be in uncharted territory," said Grief. He's talking about $1 billion dollars.
Players are hoping for a little holiday luck and the timing of this pay out couldn't be any better.
Some odds you might like. You have a one in 15 chance of winning your dollar back.
The drawing is at 10 p.m.
If no one wins the jackpot will soar to $1 billion and the next drawing is Friday.