Residents Cross Fingers For Mega Millions Jackpot | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Residents Cross Fingers For Mega Millions Jackpot

Play associated audio

The clock is ticking down to the drawing of the Mega Millions Jackpot worth an estimated $330 million.

Residents in the D.C. metro area are scrambling to buy tickets.

"Since 6 o'clock, we started at 6 and already people came in," says Lucy Pah, owner of Tenley Wine and Liquor.

Pah mans a noisy register as customers flood her store.

She's selling ticket after ticket for the Mega Million drawing Tuesday night.

"I'm buying like $2 in Maryland, $2 in D.C., $2 in Virginia," one customer says.

While some customers bank on strategy, others like Michelle Lee, are thinking ahead to the possibilities of a win.

"Actually, I'm gonna put it to good use with a charity and all that stuff, so I have good plans for it," Lee says.

The cash option is a staggering $208.3 million or $12.6 million a year for 26 years.

Dawn Ellis says that's enough to ease her financial burdens for a lifetime.

"Pay off my bills, invest in my kid's college fund, and probably move closer to my parents," Ellis says.

Tickets for the Mega Millions game are $1 a piece.

NPR

For Wintry Weather, An Especially Cold And Snowy Tale

This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.
NPR

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
WAMU 88.5

Special Prosecutors Should Handle Civilian Shootings By Police, Holmes Norton Says

Norton says mayors and governors could stem anger over civilian shootings by police by appointing special prosecutors to handle them.
NPR

2014 Hashtags: #MuslimApologies Grew Out Of Both Anger And Whimsy

Maha Hilal helped launch #MuslimApologies partly as a rebuttal to the more earnest hashtag, #NotInOurName. She tells Audie Cornish how it reflects a divisive conversation in the Muslim community.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.