This post has been updated.
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:
If I won the 476 mill mega millions all my followers would get a mill— Matt Petersen (@bigpeter20) March 28, 2012
You probably still should go.
Check my mega millions lottery ticket before class just incase I don’t gotta go— Anthony Galbo (@galbo28) March 28, 2012
Required wonk tweet:
Newt’s new campaign strategy: Mega Millions jackpot.— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) March 28, 2012
Too bad you weren’t on Interstate 270 last Friday:
”somebody call the Brink’s truck!” I’m playing the Mega Millions.— Charlotte York (@ohhailyes) March 28, 2012