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Wyoming residents head to border towns for chance at Mega Millions

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The Mega Millions jackpot has people all over the country thinking about what they'd do if they won the lottery.

"I guess I'd take care of my family and look at some charities, the church and so forth," said Jim Marsyla of Lockwood, Montana, who usually doesn't buy lottery tickets.

"Sales are up, which is what continues to raise the jackpot amount. And definitely when jackpots rise like this, we see people who never play," said Montana Lottery marketing representative Kim Smarsh.

But states that have the lottery (43 of them) may be seeing more than locals at their counter. Smarsh says people are willing to drive 60 miles north to Hardin, Montana to get their tickets.

"It is the second largest jackpot in the world ever on any lotto game. So I would say we're seeing an unusual amount of interest from all areas, especially in our border towns, like Hardin, Kirby, and Biddle. The towns that are along the border see a lot of play from Wyoming players.

Players have a one in 259 million chance of winning the big $636 million jackpot.

"That's pretty high odds. I don't reckon I'll win. But can't win without trying. I hope I get lucky," said Marsyla.

"I try to think positive. Hopefully I'm in there somewhere," said Marilyn Peterson of Hardin, who actually won $130,000 playing a game last year.

Wyoming will likely have lottery games sometime next year, but until then those hoping to beat the odds will have to head to the border towns.

 

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