Are you rich beyond your wildest dreams? The winning numbers for the $640 million Mega Millions jackpot are: 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and Mega Ball 23.
If no winner is named, the jackpot will rise to $975 million, but lottery officials said they would know if someone had won before the night is through.
All week, Baltimore has been abuzz about the record-breaking jackpot and on Friday the excitement peaked. On his way out the door at the 7-Eleven on W. 33rd Street and Keswick Road on Friday, a man looked over his shoulder and told Sara Mathes that he'd wish her luck on Mega Millions, but, you know, "I want to win."
Mathes of Charles Village and her friend, Jessica Vezendy of Middletown, Del., were part of the frenzy across Maryland for a chance at the $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, which grew by $100 million since Thursday.
"I feel like I need to be part of the social experience," said Mathes, who left the store with five chances to win. It was her first time buying lottery tickets. She'd use some of the money to pump into her business, Jill Andrews Gowns.
Lottery officials say they've delivered extra rolls of paper to Maryland retailers, as ticket sales caused the jackpot to jump twice in the last two days, according to Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino.
"This is about dreams," Martino said. "Even people who don't typically play begin envisioning what they would do with over half a billion dollars."
The previous jackpot record, a mere $250 million less by comparison, was blown out of the water by the dreamers.
The $640 million jackpot will pay out $462 million for the cash option, or $307.2 million after taxes, lottery officials said. (Don't forget to thank Uncle Sam on your way to the bank.) That cash option is larger than the previous record for an annualized jackpot. The previous biggest annualized jackpot ever was $390 million in 2007.
WBAL-TV will broadcast tonight's drawing live at 11 p.m., 22 minutes earlier than its usual time slot. The winning numbers will also be played at 11:53 p.m. on MPT and available at baltimoresun.com, on the lottery's website, mdlottery.com, and at the state's more than 4,200 retail shops.
Vezendy said she'd divvy her winnings among friends, family, charity and herself, leaving enough for splurges like a buying a beach house. She bought 15 tickets.
Bishal Tandukar, a clerk at the 7-Eleven on W. 33rd Street, said he sold $200 worth of tickets to one customer Thursday night, which wasn't entirely unheard of. He expects ticket sales to continue strong into the evening.
John Simms of Medfield told a clerk at Royal Farms on W. 40th Street in Hampden, "Let me throw my money away," as he asked for two Mega Millions tickets.
Simms said he buys the tickets a few times a year, but only when the jackpots get really big. He's not thinking about anything too extravagant to spend the money on if he wins, but Simms said he'd love to buy his wife a house in Hawaii. Besides that, he said he would want to take care of his family and pay off bills.
Mary Anderson, a molecular biologist from Hampton, bought five tickets, calling it a "license to dream." She already knows what she'd do with the winnings: start a bio-tech company in Baltimore.
"I'd stimulate the economy — you should root for me," Anderson said.
Nora Koontz of Baldwin came back Friday to buy 10 tickets, after purchasing five earlier in the week. It was just for fun, she said.
"You've got to get caught up in the excitement," Koontz said.
Lottery officials say the frenzy is spreading good will across the state, as retailers receive 5 percent of each ticket sold, and the retailer who sells the winning ticket will cash in on a $100,000 bonus.
Maryland is one of 44 states and jurisdictions that participate in the game.
An earlier version of this story misstated the cash option for the Mega Millions jackpot. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun