April 18, 2014

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Lottery dream: $250M


JASON MILLER / CHRONICLE
Convienent Express customer Marc Lupico, of Grafton, waits for his Mega Millions ticket from employee Maggie Cochran in Grafton.

Ever wonder what it would be like making $1,097 per hour without getting off the couch?

Some lucky Mega Millions winner may be doing just that after capturing the $250 million jackpot drawn last night.

If you didn’t win, odds are you’re not alone.

There have been 10 Mega Millions jackpot winners in Ohio since the state began playing the game in 2002, but no one from Lorain County has ever been fortunate enough to capture a jackpot.

Tuesday night’s drawing for $250 million was lower than the record-setting $390 million jackpot in March that was split between a Georgia truck driver and a couple from New Jersey. Word is each retired.

Mega Millions is played in Ohio, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

The jackpot always begins at $12 million, is drawn every Tuesday and Friday and grows until a winning jackpot number — the five numbers plus the Mega Ball number — is drawn. Tuesday’s jackpot has been growing since July 10.

Contact Stephen Szucs at 336-4016 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.