$425M Mega Millions jackpot has players dreaming big

2013-12-13T18:00:00Z 2013-12-14T20:19:14Z $425M Mega Millions jackpot has players dreaming bigLauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

LANSING | Mary Deltoro stomped the snow off her shoes Friday after walking in to Riley's Place Varieties to buy Mega Millions tickets.

The Lansing woman, bundled in a scarf and winter jacket, said she knows what she would do if she won the $425 million jackpot, the second highest in the game's history.

"I'd move to Florida," Deltoro said.

Karen Deichen, co-owner of Riley's Place Varieties, 3644 Ridge Road, said sales of Mega Millions tickets were "crazy" starting Wednesday after no one matched all the numbers for the Tuesday night drawing.

Sales have been steady ever since, she said.

Darryl Welty, of Highland, buys lottery tickets from Deichen regularly and bought Mega Millions tickets Friday.

"If I won, I'd pay off the truck I just bought, maybe move to someplace on a lake," said Welty, a retiree from Inland Steel.

Ron Wood, of Lansing, said he only buys lottery tickets when the jackpots are high.

The auto repair shop worker said narrowing down how he would spend the winnings if he hit the jackpot is difficult.

"What wouldn't I do?" Wood said. "I'd probably buy the shop."

He said he would splurge on a mint condition 1963 Corvette as well.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in Illinois and Indiana as well as 41 other states.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot, $656 million, was split last year between winners in Kansas, Maryland and Redbud, Ill.

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