Lottery fever: More than $1 billion up for grabs between Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The jackpots for Powerball and Mega Millions are growing, with more than $1 billion is up for grabs this week.

The prize grew yet again after the Saturday night Powerball drawing failed to produce a big winner. The Powerball jackpot now stands at $550 million, while the Mega Millions jackpot stands at $600 million.

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The Powerball jackpot has grown to $550 million after Saturday's drawing failed to produce a winner, while the Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $600 million.

People are lining up and taking their shot at becoming millionaires.

"I never purchased a ticket before, so I'm going on beginners luck, and blessings are what I'm going on right now," said Sonya Hayes of Drexel Hill, Delaware County.

Russ Bonpartito of Limerick said, "I play every day, and I don't do too well, so we'll see what happens one day, maybe. You have to play to win it right?"

"I got a lot of nonprofit organizations. I got a lot of businesses that I built from the ground up. So with my money, I would like to invest and help people and things like that," said Shoshana O'Neal of Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County.

Liz Thomas is the assistant store director at Acme in Bala Cynwyd and says she's playing for the first time.

"I play more for the store. My employees have come to work every day since March. They never really miss a shift. They work around the clock. So if I do win, I will make sure to share my money with them first," said Thomas.

Hayes from Drexel Hill said, "I would definitely like to help The Trumpet Monumental Baptist Church build the foundation for their new church home."

One gentleman Action News spoke with off-camera says the secret to winning is not buying a ticket in the city but going farther out.
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