Mega Millions Tickets Go on Sale in Florida

South Floridians start buying Mega Millions tickets

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    Move over, Powerball. Mega Millions is moving into Florida with tickets now on sale for the popular multi-state lottery. Players Filipe Placucci and Willy Puig talked about the change.

    Move over, Powerball. Mega Millions is moving into Florida with tickets now on sale for the popular multi-state lottery.

    The game joins the Sunshine State's Lotto and Powerball, with tickets on sale Wednesday.

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    The Florida Lotto hit a record volume of sales at $4.45 billion. Scratch-off sales also broke an all-time Florida record since the lottery introduced nearly 50 new games. Ticket buyer, Tammy Sahr, said she would buy a new car and a new home with the money.

    "It's exciting," said lottery player Filipe Placucci. "Another one to add to the list."

    Willy Puig bought a Powerball ticket in Miramar, and decided to try Mega Millions too. "Maybe it'll bring me some luck," he said.

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    Adding the game to Florida's gambling repertoire is not expected to make a notable boost in the overall funding supporting the state's education programs. Lottery earnings are expected to contribute $1.37 billion in the coming year to the state's schools and college financial aid programs.

    "Somebody's gotta win," said Placucci.

    The first drawing is Friday night.