Tyron Carroll of Annapolis (left) and Lewis Wilborn of Hyattsville buy Mega Millions tickets at an Exxon gas station at Bladensburg Road and New York Avenue Northeast on Wednesday. The jackpot has reached $476 million, the biggest in U.S. history, and could go higher before Friday's drawing. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Tyron Carroll of Annapolis (left) and Lewis Wilborn of Hyattsville buy Mega Millions tickets at an Exxon gas station at Bladensburg Road and New York Avenue Northeast on Wednesday. The jackpot has reached $476 million, the biggest in U.S. history, and could go higher before Friday's drawing. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)