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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Mega Millions: D.C. Lottery prints commemorative tickets for historic $640 million jackpot

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The D.C. Lottery is printing commemorative Mega Millions tickets to mark the biggest jackpot in U.S. history.

The jackpot grew to a historic $640 million after five Mega Millions ticket holders fell just shy of the six-number combination on Tuesday night.

One person from the District, two from Maryland, one from Virginia and one from West Virginia won at least $250,000 each by matching five numbers.

D.C. Lottery retailers are selling commemorative tickets for Friday’s $640 million-plus drawing.

The odds of getting a winning ticket, D.C. Lottery Executive Director Buddy Roogow said Wednesday, are one in 176 million. But, he said he’s “75 percent sure” someone will hit the jackpot on Saturday.

If Friday’s winner chooses the cash option, the winner will receive the one-time, lump sum of $462 million.

Though the commemorative tickets will be sold only in the District, the Mega Millions game is played nationwide. The most recent local winners, in Maryland and Virginia, bought their tickets in 2007.

Tell us: What would you do if you won? Here are some responses from some nearby Twitter users struck with Lotto Fever:

Promise?

You probably still should go.

Required wonk tweet:

Too bad you weren’t on Interstate 270 last Friday:

By Sylvia Carignan  |  12:01 PM ET, 03/29/2012

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