Dream homes, cars, and charities. That’s how some Atlantic County residents plan to spend the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot — if they win, that is.

The lottery jackpot hit a record Friday when no winning numbers were picked. South Jersey is getting ready for the next two drawings at 11 p.m. Tuesday, with an estimated cash option of $905 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of 11 California office workers won $543 million. It costs $2 to play the game and the odds of winning the jackpot are about one in 302 million.

The second-largest jackpot was a $1.586 billion Powerball drawing on Jan. 13, 2016.

Atlantic County residents purchasing tickets at local convenience stores on Monday shared their thoughts on what they would do if they won millions.

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Lance Greene

Lance Greene of Egg Harbor Township.

Lance Greene, 23, of Egg Harbor Township, said he would buy his family a house in Los Angeles, where the weather is always warm, and a new car.

“I’m taking care of all my family,” said Greene sitting in his car outside of a 7-11. “$1.6 billion, how could you not?”

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Mohammed Hanif

Mohammed Hanif, a 7-11 franchise owner in Egg Harbor Township, said he would give his winnings to charity.

People across the county are rushing to get their tickets, said Mohammed Hanif, the franchise owner of a 7-11 in Egg Harbor Township. He said the store sold more than $10,000 in tickets last week.

Hanif bought his lucky numbers too, and said he would donate his winnings to homeless shelters in the area.

“I’ll take care of my family first. Then I’ll do something for the homeless people I see around here every day,” Hanif said.

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Joniest Moses

Joniest Moses, 81, of Egg Harbor Township.

Joniest Moses, 81, of Egg Harbor Township, has bought 12 tickets so far in hopes of building a new house of worship in place of his family’s Winston-Salem, North Carolina, church that burned down in April.

“I’d replace the church,” he said. “It didn’t have any insurance on it. Presently they’re trying to raise money for it, and doing the best they can.”

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Bob Powers

Bob Powers, 64, of Marlton

Some had fiscal responsibility on the brain.

Bob Powers, 64, of Marlton, said he would “give away three-quarters of the money” to charity and start a trust. But, he doesn’t expect to win.

“If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck,” Powers said.

Jaime Beale, 46, of Brigantine, doesn’t know exactly how she would spend the money.

“I’d live life to the fullest,” Beale said. “There’s my answer.”

-Photos by Stephanie Russell for The Press

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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