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Mega Millions hopefuls excited for chance at $1 billion jackpot

Published: Jan. 22, 2021 at 9:48 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Someone could win the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot.

Friday’s winning numbers were: 4 - 26 - 42 - 50 - 60 Mega Ball: 24 Megaplier: 2

“Are you feeling a little lucky today?” WKYT asked Milton, as he held lottery tickets in his hand.

“Yeah, I think I might be the one.”

While Milton is pretty positive he’ll be the Mega Millions winner Friday night, he’ll have to watch out for fellow hopeful Steve Irvin.

“These are the winning numbers right there. Guarantee it,” Irvin said assuredly.

Said by a man with unwavering confidence outside the Dairy Mart.

“I hit the Powerball last week, but it was just the Powerball.”

Winning enough to pay for the ticket, Irvin’s setting his sights on a slightly larger prize. As the Mega Millions jackpot has officially reached $1 billion.

“I’d like to have a nice, easy life. If I could have enough to where I could fish more, I’m happy,” said Mega Millions hopeful, Wayne Garner.

From more time spent on the water....

“Well I wouldn’t work, I’d give 10 percent to my Church, you’ve got to do that. Take care of all my family, my friends and just disappear,” Milton said.

To early retirements, the general consensus from these lottery winning hopefuls is that’s a lot of money that could be put to some very good uses.

“I wouldn’t know what to do with that much money. But I would definitely help some people I know need help,” said Shelly Kegley, another Mega Millions hopeful.

“I’m going to spend the rest of my life giving it away,” Irwin said.

“The way are economy is, a lot of people without jobs, this money could go a long way,” said Garner.

It’s the excitement of a jackpot this large, on a sunny Friday afternoon, after a long, dark 2020.

“That you’ve got a chance at winning a billion dollars tonight is just something I think people are rooting for right now,” said Chip Polston, with the Kentucky Lottery.

A long shot providing a lot of needed hope.

The Kentucky Lottery has contributed $3.8 billion to the state’s education fund.

And helps to fund several different scholarships for students.

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