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Hoping for the winner

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on March 30, 2012 1:46 PM

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Donnell Johnson buys a Mega Millions lottery ticket from clerk Chasity Schoolcraft at the Downeast Travel Center in Mar-Mac this morning. Millions of people around the country are snatching up the tickets as they prepare for this evening's drawing, which is estimated at more than $540 million -- the largest ever. A $540 million jackpot, if taken as a $390 million lump sum and after federal tax withholding, works out to about $293 million. Experts say you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than winning, but that is not stopping people from buying their tickets.