Mega Millions Jackpot Grows To $290 Million

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Want to become a multi-millionaire?

All you have to do is pick the correct five numbers between one and 56, plus the mega number — from one to 46, to win Friday’s $290 million Mega Millions jackpot.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

The odds against that happening are 176 million to one, which probably explains why there hasn’t been a winner in two months.

Aspiring millionaires in Fort Lee bought up handfuls of tickets at a convenience store Friday morning.

“I got a dream…to retire and lay back; what else are you going to do with all that money?” a bus driver told 1010 WINS’ John Montone.

The jackpot is the eighth largest since the Mega Millions drawing began in 2005.

The jackpot has been growing ever since someone won $71 million in the Jan. 24 drawing.

Mega Millions is playing in 42 states, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

What would you do with the money if you won? Let us know below…

  • renafabulous

    i wish i could win the lottery. I work at and I listen to customer talk all day long about how the cost of gas is killing them. I swear if i won the lottery I would buy all my customers and drivers gas cards!

  • sick of it all

    I’d set up trusts for the kids,then live like a king until I die

  • Tallminglecom

    My friend just told me a nice place — T’ a’ ll m’ i n ‘g ‘l’ e. c ‘o ‘M ‘– it’s the most effective site in the world to connect with, date and marry tall, and big people.. It’s worthy a try.

  • cliff

    350-400 of my IBEW brothers lost their benefits this year. I’d have to rectify that situation before I took care of myself.

    • Bedenitsa

      Amazing…..wish more people thought of others as you have. I hope it happens for you!!

  • mj

    i’d spend most of it on hookers and booze … the rest i’d waste

  • Jay

    I’d mail the keys to my workplace to my boss (no return address). I’d mail the keys to my apt to my landlord (same deal) and then I’d buy myself an island and bounce!

  • Mark Nicks

    if I won that huge amount of money, I’d move to Helsinki, Tromso (Norway), or London within a year and carefully invest it in markets throughout Europe and in Japan. I would take a break for a year or so to learn about my new surroundings and learn the language of my new home if it weren’t English, and then I’d enroll in a phd program in astronomy or applied math at a top university in the U.S. or in Europe. Yeah!

    • lg

      I would just yell “I’M RICH BEEOTCH!!!!

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