Tonight’s lottery jackpot isn’t just mind-blowing – it’s blasting the lottery signs.
The Mega Millions prize of $1.28 billion is so high that it is causing a problem in electronic store lottery displays that have not been programmed to exceed $999 million in the stores where they sell the tickets.
Stores were forced to boast an undersized jackpot because the signs only have three-digit slots – with the word “millions” printed below adding further confusion, workers and customers said.
“They didn’t expect it to get this high,” said Anthony Williams, a 60-year-old concierge who bought a ticket to the Gardenia Deli in Manhattan. “They didn’t build any [sign] for that.”
An official Mega Millions sign at the deli on 30th Street and 8th Avenue showed $999 million on Friday afternoon after the prize jumped to $1 billion earlier this week.
The same style of display was also in place at the nearby 99 Cent Discount store, where an official said the numbers-centric dilemma hadn’t stopped shoppers from taking tickets.
“It’s okay because as soon as the price goes up to 700 or 800 million dollars, they don’t care because it’s already a lot,” said Na Lin, 32, who manages the store in the city. Eighth Avenue near 28th Street. .
For the past two days, the store has been ‘crazy busy’ with ‘long lines’ of people hoping to get rich, in part because the store sold a winning ticket for $100,000 in January 2020, it said. she declared.
“Every day we sell about $7,000 [in tickets],” she said. “The neighbors say it’s a very lucky store to come and play”
The lucky winner of Friday’s draw at 11 p.m. would receive $1.28 billion over 29 years, or a lump sum of $747.2 million, which works out to $457.5 million after tax.