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Central New Yorkers feeling lotto lucky on Friday the 13th

By ANNA MEILER

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) -- It may be Friday the 13th, but when it comes to a jackpot over $400 million, a lot of people are feeling lucky.

"I was born on a Friday the 13th, I think, but I know on the thirteenth. My son was born on Friday the thirteenth so who know maybe it'll be good luck," said Johnnie Jones, a lottery player.

It's a lump sum that begs an age-old question.

"What would I do with 400 million dollars?" asked Dick Roberts, a lottery player.

That's the question these Central New Yorkers mulled over as they lined up for the second largest Mega Millions jackpot in history.

"I think you got a better chance seeing God than winning this," said Fred Lacelle.

You are also a thousand times more likely to get hit by a comet tonight, especially since Mega Millions upped the anti, increasing the range of numbers on the tickets and making it harder to win than ever before. But, that's not stopping these dreamers.

"Absolutely earlier today we had lines of people," said Shana Ruszkowski, a cashier at Chanatry's who spent the day selling tickets.

"You gotta keep trying," said Jones.

So, what would you do? The answer was practically unanimous.

"I'd divide it up between my family.  Everybody would get part of it," said Roberts.

"Pay off bills and give my nieces and nephews money so they don't have to worry about bills," said Maryann VanDreason.

If there's no winner Friday night, Tuesday's jackpot could reach a whopping $550 million.

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