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West Virginia Residents Hope to Defy Mega Millions Odds

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On Tuesday night, Mega Millions announced the winning numbers for the second largest lottery jackpot in history, and plenty of ticket buyers in West Virginia were hoping to defy those 1/259 million odds.

The Fast Stop Food Mart in Buckhannon was packed with customers Tuesday night, and for good reason: 636,000,000 reasons, to be exact.

"[It's been] chaos. We've had a line all day, sold as many as like 80 tickets at a time, 748 just on my shift," said cashier Louise Howard.

People were out across North Central West Virginia buying their last-minute tickets for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing worth a half billion dollars.

"...Vacation homes, one in the mountains...one on the east coast...It's limitless what you could do," said John Arose of Elkins.

"I just easy picked mine, I cheated," said Howard.

Kim McComas has worked at the Go Mart in Elkins for four years. She said she's seen lightning strike at least once at her store.

"It was a year or two ago, off a $5 scratch-off ticket worth $50,000," said McComas.

Mega Millions credits strong sales for the prize, which had previously been estimated at $586 million. But people said they wouldn't even know what to do with that amount.

"You know, half a billion dollars, that's so much money, I'd never be able to spend it," said Jeff Skidmore of Elkins.

"Oh no, I've never won anything in my life," said another woman.

But others knew exactly how they'd spend their winnings.

"Get myself out of debt, buy a house, and start an auto shop," said Peter McElwee of Elkins.

"Probably buy a beach somewhere," said Joseph Loudin of Buckhannon.

Mega Millions announced the winning numbers at 11 p.m. on Tuesday night: 8-14-17-20-39. The MegaBall is 7.