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‘You gotta play to win, right?’ How Bostonians are prepping for a $970m jackpot drawing

Majdoub Rhouziyal has been a busy man.Standing behind the counter at Boston News Cafe Express, wearing a Red Sox hat and jacket, he dutifully rang up orders for Mega Millions tickets Thursday morning, one day before the drawing for the second-largest jackpot in US lottery history.Rhouziyal, 50, said business has been brisk (“very busy,” he said), and he expects to see plenty more customers coming in prior to Friday’s drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot, which increased to a record-high $970 million Thursday.
Rhouziyal pressed the buttons on a touch screen. Beep. Beep. Beep. The lottery terminal spit out a white slip of paper, which he handed to the customer. He did this over and over again and said he hopes someone from Boston wins.
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The sales for all the Mega Millions tickets in Massachusetts for Friday’s drawing totaled about $2.5 million as of noon Thursday. About $640,000 of those total sales are solely from tickets that were purchased Thursday morning, according to Christian Teja, spokesman for the Massachusetts State Lottery.

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