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Businesses win with millions at stake in 2 lotteries

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)- If you're feeling lucky tonight, you might want to play the lottery. Mega Millions is at $170 million dollars for tonight's drawing and the Power ball is at $360 million for tomorrow's drawing.

The Arkansas Lottery commission encourages players to sign the back of the tickets and keep them in a safe place because if your numbers match up, this is one ticket you don't want to lose.

"We've seen quite an increase, they usually get bigger when they get over a hundred million but this time we think it's going to be really big," said owner of The Holiday liquor store in Paragould, Mike Rowe.

Lottery players have the chance to win two big jackpots in two days. The Mega Millions is at $170 million and the Power ball is at $360 million bringing the grand total to $530 million.

Rowe said players usually come in at particular time during the day.

"Our sales generally happen, they get bigger around 3, 3 thru 7 at night then we have our night time sales and they know the lottery's big," Rowe said.

And you don't even have to get out your car to buy a ticket.

"We sell al lot of lottery through the window," he said.

Rowe said they've had winners in the past but never an amount this big.

"We've sold a couple ten thousand dollar scratch off tickets," Rowe said. Some lottery players play their birthday, anniversary or their lucky numbers but at The Holiday most players put their hopes in the lottery system.

"Ninety percent of our players seem to use the computer to pick their numbers," he said.

The chance of winning the jackpot is 1 in 175 million but you never know when your luck will turn up.  

"I think everybody should come in and get a lottery ticket so at least they have a chance," Rowe said.

Rowe said if he won this week he would take a permanent vacation.

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