Could it reach $2 billion? By the time the numbers are picked tonight, lotto officials estimate 75% of all number combinations are purchased.
If he won, he'd open a school for the poor and give people free education with at least one location in the Illinois Valley and one in India where he is originally from.
"We all said we'd turn in our resignation at the same time", she said, laughing.
Jackpot winners can remain anonymous in eight states - Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas.
- Despite the awful odds - one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home - someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, which now stands at an estimated $1.6 billion.
If there are no winners in Tuesday's drawing, the jackpot could rise to $2 billion or even more.
She laughs off the staggering odds against her - 1 in over 300 million - but she's got a solid plan of what she'd do with her winnings. Cornelius Nelan, a math professor at Quinnipiac University in CT, notes the odds are about the same as rolling a die and getting a one, 11 times in a row.
The fever has struck nationwide.
"This is the winning ticket", said Robert Stout. He said the store gets really busy on drawing days, which are Tuesdays and Fridays.
Though someone going to all that trouble needs to consider that there could be several winning tickets, meaning that whoever bought all the possible number combinations might still end up splitting the winnings.
The jackpot's estimated cash value is $913 million, an option favored by most winners.
But that's before taxes.
Deb Prier, director of the Substance Abuse Service Center, says therapists don't get calls when the excitement of a jackpot is building. The annual payouts would net a higher payout over time, but you would have to squirrel away enough money to buy, say, a struggling National Football League team.