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John Johnson has played the same six lottery numbers in every Mega Millions drawing for the past three years.
Wednesday is the last time most people living today will see a repeating day, month and year -- 12/12/12. A mark of luck? Lottery officials seem to think so. Do engaged couples find it appealing? Of course, say wedding planners. Even the universe found a way to mark the occasion with an early-morning meteor shower.
The drawing for the second-largest lottery jackpot of all time is Wednesday night, when it will either irrevocably alter the life of a lucky ticket holder or send the nation into a never-before-seen state of money mania — again.
A $320 million Powerball jackpot is scheduled for Wednesday night, and officials are hoping the multimillion-dollar mania that seized the area earlier this year could turn the drawing into a record-breaking win.
Matching five of the six numbers for a lottery jackpot is no small feat — only one ticket in Virginia accomplished that on Dec. 23 and now the $250,000 prize is out of reach for the unlucky winner.
What would you do with $500 million? That's a question millions of people across the country are asking themselves as the clock ticks down to Friday's record-breaking Mega Millions lottery drawing.
Increasing lottery sales are helping states around the country — including Maryland and Virginia — to partially compensate for the sluggish economy.