Tomorrow's lottery drawing up to $290 million

Jackpot approaches record on strong MegaMillions sales

'It's my retirement'

July 01, 2004|By Scott Waldman and Bill McCauley | Scott Waldman and Bill McCauley,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM

The MegaMillions $290 million lottery drawing is tomorrow night and the winner could walk away with a lump-sum cash payment of $163 million, after taxes.

"I'd be happy to have half that," said Jimmy White, director of communications for the Maryland State Lottery. Maryland and Michigan, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, Illinois, Georgia, New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington state participate in the MegaMillions lottery.

Lottery directors today announced the jackpot has risen to $290 million. The next drawing will be broadcast live from New York's Times Square at 11:07 p.m. tomorrow night -- but there's no guarantee there will be a winner.

"The jackpot's increase demonstrates how strong MegaMillions sales have been, since Tuesday night's drawing did not produce a top-tier winner," said Buddy Roogow, director of the Maryland State Lottery.

"It's my retirement," said Kurt Lurz, a Baltimore police officer. Lurz said that, if he wins, he'd take care of his entire family. Then he would head somewhere warmer.

Bill Morrison, a retired construction worker from Baltimore, said that if he wins, he would "give it all away" to his son. Though others in line at Corky's Liquor Store on York Road in Govans were dreaming of sports cars, he said he was "too old" for such things.

More than likely, instantly being transformed into a millionaire would cause nothing but problems, he said. "It's a sure way to not have friends."

About half of every dollar spent on a MegaMillions ticket will go to winners, said Roogow, adding the state receives 41 cents of that dollar. The rest goes to retailers and lottery operations.

White said the jackpot could surpass the $363 million record jackpot, which was won in May 2000, if no winner is drawn tomorrow or Tuesday. The next drawing would be a week from tomorrow -- plenty of time for the jackpot to eclipse the record. Copyright ` 2004, The Baltimore Sun| Get home delivery Originally published July 1, 2004, 3:47 PM EDT

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