Numbers are on everyone’s mind today.
They include the big number that is the $400 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot. That’s the second largest jackpot in the history of the game, the fifth largest ever in North America.
There is the combination of numbers that will claim the jackpot.
Then there is that number 13 — this is Friday the 13th — and whether it will bring the proverbial bad luck to players, or potentially make a jackpot winner.
Matt Shepherd of Sandown is hoping 13 is magic tonight.
“I did actually buy the winning ticket,” Shepherd said yesterday. “The clerk told me this was the 13th ticket sold and the drawing is Friday the 13th. That is pretty cool.”
This is the season of giving and Shepherd said he would certainly give some of the $400 million to charity.
But then there is a special fantasy for him, too.
“I would take my whole family to our own little island,” he said.
Brian Cabral of Salem had something tropical in mind, too.
“I would take a nice warm vacation, away from this,” Cabral said.
He knew the jackpot amount without prompting.
“Four million something,” Cabral said.
He initially said he would be unable to get a ticket because he only had a charge card, but returned moments later after a consultation with the office.
“They said use the boss’s money,” as he walked into Klemm’s Mobil in Windham to get $20 worth of chances.
Customers at Klemm’s bought tickets in bunches.
“We’ve been selling a lot,” Chris Klemm said from behind the counter.
Some players bought a couple of the $1 tickets. Others five or 10.
“Fifty to 100 if they’ve got a work pool,” he said.
That’s happening all over. The competition includes players in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands.