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.
Bally's Atlantic City
Won on Sept. 12 on Happy Lantern
Won on Sept. 1 on Crystal 7’s
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Won on Oct. 14 on Jacks or Better Poker - $100 denomination
Won on Oct. 20 on Jacks or Better Video Poker - $25 denomination
Won on Oct. 28 on Triple Red Hot 7’s - $5 denomination
Won on Sept. 21 on Jade Wins
Won on Sept. 14 on Triple Play
Won on Sept. 8 on Red White & Blue Wild Star
Won on Sept. 30 on Wheel of Fortune Double Diamond
Won on Sept. 13 on Seven Times Pay
Won on Sept. 30 on Jacks or Better Poker
Won on Sept. 6 on Triple Red Hot 7’s
Won on Sept. 1 on Wheel of Fortune Crystal Red
Caesars Atlantic City
Won on Oct. 4 on Multi Poker - $.50 denomination
Won on Oct. 7 on Cleopatra - $5 denomination
Won on Oct. 20 on Double Diamond - $50 denomination
Won on Oct. 22 on Game King Multi Poker - $25 denomination
Won on Oct. 27 on Top Dollar - $100 denomination
Won on Sept. 30 on Double Top Dollar
Won on Sept. 2 on Double Top Dollar
Golden Nugget Atlantic City
Won on Oct. 13 on Triple Diamond - $100 denomination
Won on Oct. 14 on Wild Rose - $100 denomination
Won on Oct. 27 on Buffalo Thunder - $1 denomination
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Won on Oct. 5 on Quick Hits Double JP Blazing 7s - $5 denomination
Won on Oct. 6 on Wild Fury Jackpots - $1 denomination
Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
Won on Oct. 14 on TRIP BLZ 7’s - $25 denomination
Won on Oct. 21 on Game King Multi Poker
Won on Oct. 25 on 5 Times Pay
Ocean Resort Casino
Won on Wheel Of Fortune Gold Spin Bonus - $1 denomination
Resorts Casino Hotel
Won on Oct. 19 on Double Double Bonus Poker - $50 denomination
Tropicana Atlantic City
Won on Sept. 13 on Triple Top Dollar
Won on Sept. 30 on Multi Draw Poker
Won on Oct. 28 on Game King Multi Poker - $25 denomination.
Won on Oct. 11 at GoldenNuggetCasino.com on China Shores - $1 denomination
Won on Oct. 23 at goldennuggetcasino.com on Divine Fortune - $1 denomination
Won on on Sept. 1 at betfaircasino.com on Gods of Fortune
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.
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?”
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.
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.”
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.