Alabama residents do not need to travel to Atlantic City, Las Vegas, or Tunica to have a chance to strike it rich. They just need to take a short drive to the Tennessee state line to purchase a lottery ticket. Many Alabama residents are doing just that as the Mega Millions multi-state lottery prepares to give away a record $640 million dollar prize.
Mega Millions explained
Mega Millions is a lottery that is played in multiple states, including Tennessee. The lottery has two drawings weekly, one on Tuesday and one on Friday. To play the lottery, a person will pick 5 numbers and one megaball. A person can also add a multiplier that adds even more value to the ticket.
World record jackpot
The March 30, 2012, jackpot is $640 million. Persons purchasing a ticket by 9:25 p.m. Central Time will be eligible for the drawing.
Alabama residents and the state line
Alabama residents have to travel to Tennessee in order to purchase lottery tickets as Alabama does not participate in any lottery program. The last time Alabama had the chance to vote on the lottery, it did not pass. All day Friday, the lottery retailers are providing giveaways and free food to all those purchasing tickets on Friday, March 30th. The drawing will be made at 10 p.m. CST.
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