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Billion Dollar jackpot helping out Omaha gas stations

Posted at 4:21 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 17:21:20-04

With the Mega Million jackpot well over $1 billion, some people who have never even bought a lottery ticket before, are flocking to gas stations just for that slim chance that they'll become a billionaire.

It's been a major boon for the stores.

The chance at a dream costs $2 at the Hy-Vee C-Store, with the Mega Million jackpot reaching $1.6 billion, plenty of folks are dreaming big.

"We have lines and we're busy all throughout the day, really busy in the mornings, really busy in the afternoon, really busy at night," says assistant manager, Nancy Nelson. 

Nelson has caught Mega Millions mania, buying tickets herself and also convincing customers to do the same. 

She even got Diane Sjuts to buy a ticket for the first time in her life. 

"She gave me the sales pitch and I'm thinking the weather is nice...and today is going to be my day," says Sjuts.

For other customers like Brian Collins, buying a ticket is a weekly habit.

"Got to buy a lottery ticket to win. Can't have a chance if you don't play," says Collins.  

But with the largest Mega Million jackpot ever, he's bought eight tickets in the past week. 

"With the lottery this high, every time you go to a gas station, you buy a ticket, that's just the way it goes," says Collins.

Some customers have told Nelson if they won, they'd quit their jobs and skip town.

As for Sjuts, she says she'd mostly save it, while also giving a fraction to her friendly Hy-Vee C-Store clerk. 

"So I already told the clerk that I was going to give her a million dollars," says Sjuts. 

The drawing is set for 10 pm tonight.