WIREGRASS, Ala. (WDHN) — Tuesday night’s MegaMillion lottery numbers are in and so far no one has claimed to be the winner of the 800 million plus purse, this as of Wednesday morning
Alabama is one of five states in the country that does not have a lottery. And the possibility of a $1 billion lottery drawing on Friday could cause some waves on the legislative floor.
“I’m at least going to buy 20,” Ozark resident, Willie Means said.
“I got three,” Dothan resident, Sue Wilson said.
The next legislative session in Montgomery brings a new four-year term for lawmakers and a new opportunity to pass a lottery bill, but also not have to worry about an election.
“The State of Alabama doesn’t offer it for us and what I don’t understand is why we can’t get a lotto in the state of Alabama,” Means said.
Senator Greg Albritton, who is proposing the lottery bill for next March’s legislative session, says Alabama needs to regulate gambling and benefit from the revenue that is currently going to other states. One Wiregrass resident agrees with that idea.
“Alabama is losing all the money coming to Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee,” Means said. “Don’t make any sense Alabama could have had that money.”
The drawing of $830 million could change someone’s life but the age-old question that remains is: how would you spend that kind of money?
“I have no clue what I would do with that money right now you know,” Wilson said.
“First of all, if my church allowed me, I’m going to pay something to my church give something to my church and then do some community stuff,” Means said.
There is a one in 302 million chance that someone wins the lottery. The last time someone won the Mega Millions jackpot was April 15th, 2022. Since then there have been 28 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner, there is still a chance.
“Longshot, but I need the good luck,” Means said.
Sales likely will grow even larger if there again isn’t a winner on Tuesday, as the jackpot likely would top $1 billion for Friday’s drawing.