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Mega jackpot has Vermonters lining up for Mega Millions

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RICHMOND, Vt. -

Virginia Morgan hopes the Lucky Spot in Richmond is really lucky.

"It's a winner," she said. "It's definitely a winner."

She's hoping to cash in on the second largest jackpot in U.S. history.

"This one is astronomical," Morgan said.

It sure is, a whopping $636 million.

"We'll probably buy everyone new homes," Morgan said.

It's sparked lotto fever across the region.

Angela George is trying her luck at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski.

"Buying a lottery ticket," she said. "Hopefully the winning numbers."

It's not just bells but registers ringing this holiday season, as big dreams keep people spending dollars on that chance at big money.

Stores in Plattsburgh are seeing a lot of people going in on bulk buys.

"There are a lot of companies and businesses going in together and they think the bigger the better chance they have," said Melissa Rivers of Southside Grocery.

Mega Millions players are lining up for lottery tickets.

"Seems like a frenzy right now," said Todd Conger of Ste. Marie's Store in Swanton.

Ste. Marie's is slammed, maybe because it's been so lucky in the past and has some of the highest lottery ticket sales in the state.

"We have had a lot of winners," Conger said. "Two Megabucks and several large, large winners over the years."

"To win anything would be nice," Doreen Laflam said. "Especially with the holidays."

Laflam would give a lot of the money away. But such a massive jackpot could also move this Franklin County resident to easy street.

"Get the finances in order, help the kids, grandkids and maybe retire early," she said. "That would be really nice."

A lump sum payout would be $341 million-- pocket change. And if there's no winner Tuesday night, the jackpot could grow to $1 billion.

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