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What would you do with a 1 billion dollar Mega Millions Lottery prize?

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Ahead of Friday's Mega Millions Lottery drawing, the jackpot rose to a historic $1.28 billion.

Friday's prize makes it the third largest jackpot ever won.

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People living in the Upstate may remember back in 2018, the current second-largest prize in history was sold at K.C. Mart No. 7 in Simpsonville. That prize was $1.537 billion.

One customer in the store on Friday said he bought a ticket the day the billion-dollar ticket was sold, on Oct. 23, 2018.

"I bought it that day, and that’s the closest I’ve ever been to being a billionaire,” the customer said.

WYFF News 4's Rashad Williams visited the gas station on Friday hours before the drawing, as hundreds of people bought tickets with hopes of joining a small percentage of the population.

The billion-dollar question is, "what would you do with all of the money?"

"I'm here because I know they sold the last billion dollar ticket,” one customer said. "I'd probably buy an island.”

“First thing I’m going to do is get me a lawyer, a financial advisor, and then a lawyer to watch those two,” one customer said. “I’m here now so maybe luck will strike twice.”

People from Simpsonville and other areas across the upstate traveled to K.C. Mart No. 7 with hopes of being the lucky winner, purchasing a ticket with a history of small to large winnings.

Store Clerk Hit Patel said multiple days last week, and over the last few weeks, customers buying scratch-off tickets have won prizes up to $500.

"I'd move away somewhere exotic," one customer said. "I'd start my own company, give people houses like veterans and people that’s homeless, put some land up and give them a little tiny home village,” another customer stated.

Tickets must be purchased by 10 p.m.

You can check the numbers following the 11 p.m. drawing here.

Good luck!

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