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Feel lucky? Huge lottery jackpot spurs ticket sales

Throngs of people from Truckee lined up with residents from western Nevada to purchase California SuperLotto tickets for a jackpot expected to soar above $80 million before the deadline to purchase tickets Wednesday evening.

“Motor homes, cars, trucks – you name it,” Reno resident Mike Graham said when asked how he would spend a winning jackpot.

Graham, who said he would take the lump-sum payment if he won the lotto, traveled to Truckee specifically to purchase a ticket.

He said there were hundreds of people waiting in line at Hallelujah Junction, in comparison to the line of 10 or so people at the 7-Eleven convenience store in Truckee. Christina Brabant of Truckee had different plans for her potential lottery winnings.

“I want to travel the United States and put together trust funds for my grandchildren,” she said.

Brabant also said she would take the lump-sum payment, rather than payments over 20 years.

7-Eleven manager David Turnquist said the lottery sales have been about 50 percent higher than normal, but not as high as in some previous years.

“Back in earlier years, we had lines clear out the doors,” Turnquist said. “This is the biggest I’ve seen in the last 10 years.

Odds of winning the SuperLotto are about one in 18 million, according to lottery officials. That’s how many possible combinations exist in the game where players must pick six numbers in correct order. Six lottery drawings have occurred without a winner.

The largest California SuperLotto jackpot was awarded on April 17, 1991, when $118 million was divided among 54 people who bought 10 tickets with the winning combination.

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