$110 million prize draws brisk sales for lottery tickets

August 04, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Lottery tickets were selling at a brisk 45 per second yesterday as people geared up for last night's multistate Big Game drawing and its $110 million jackpot.

More than 4,000 locations sold 2.6 million tickets this week, but officials said they hadn't seen lottery fever as with other huge jackpots.

"There are some lines, but we don't have [any] wrapping around buildings," Maryland Lottery spokesman Jimmy White said yesterday.

But at BJ's Wholesale Club in Pasadena, where a Millersville couple bought a Big Game ticket in May that won them $60 million, employees and customers were hoping that lightning would strike twice.

Store manager Marty Tibert said ticket sales have been heavier than usual in the past couple of weeks as the Big Game jackpot has swelled.

"The employees are buying a lot more tickets now," Tibert said. "Last week, a bunch of them got together and bought $150 worth. Of course, I have to put my $2 in, too.

"Let's hope [the store] can hit it again," Tibert said.

If no one wins, Friday's Big Game jackpot will be worth at least $140 million, lottery officials said.

The Big Game is also played in New Jersey, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia.

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