Towson yet to catch lottery bug for tonight's $449M drawing
By Maya Earls
Jul 05, 2016 | 3:55 PM
With tonight's Mega Millions lottery drawing at $449 million, Towson retailers are still waiting for the rush of people trying their luck.
Tonight's drawing is the third biggest jackpot in the history of the Mega Millions game. The drawing is one of two big jackpots this week, with the second being the $257 million Powerball drawing on Wednesday.
Mahmoud Radwan, manager of the Shell gas station on York Road for the past seven years, said he expects more people to buy tickets closer to 4 p.m. after work. In the past, he said big lottery drawings brought people lining up around the store for their chance.
"We've had no big winners yet," Radwan said. "Once just $50,000, another $30,000."
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While Towson students in the area can use their ATM-type OneCard for gas and groceries at his store, Radwan said the card does not apply to the lottery.
Around the corner, workers at the Exxon gas station on York Road rang customers up for cigarettes and gas but no lottery tickets. Malik Imram, manager of the Exxon, said fewer people rush to buy lottery tickets in the summer.
"School's out and people are on summer vacation," Imram said. "There's not much traffic through here."
Closer to the center of Towson, the 7-Eleven on the corner of York Road and Chesapeake Avenue saw a few people going in and out on their lunch break. Still, only one man stopped long enough to buy both a Mega Millions and a Powerball ticket before rushing back to work. At the Exxon gas station on Joppa Road, workers saw above average sales but no rush for a ticket. Adam Gondal, owner of the station since 2008, said he plans to buy his own ticket.
"I want to travel the world," Gondal said.
Lottery retailers such as the Exxon station are paid commission for winning tickets sold. Carole Gentry, director of communications for the Maryland Lottery, said for tonight's Mega Millions drawing retailers of a winning ticket could receive $100,000. While the winnings would be life-changing, Gentry said many people are used to buying their tickets in a rush for larger numbers.
The cutoff time for tickets in tonight's Mega Millions drawing is 10:45 p.m. The winning numbers will be announced on WBAL at 11:22 p.m. If no one wins tonight, Gentry expects the jackpot to pass $500 million.