All eyes on $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpotPosted: Updated:
All eyes are on the mega millions historic $1.6 billion jackpot, a reason the west Wichita QuikTrip in the video was as busy as it's ever been.
"It's actually been insane; we've had hundreds of dollars a minute,” said one QuikTrip clerk. “We had one, I think it was a contractor, come in and he spent $700 on, ya know, one set of 35 $20 tickets."
Kansas lottery officials say they sold over $3 million worth of tickets for the big drawing before 5 p.m. Tuesday, selling over 3,000 a minute.
Dianna Watkins says if she won she’d, "Send a lot of money to Saint Jude's Hospital, then I would build a shelter here in Wichita for the homeless. And the rest of the money, I'd pay all my kids' bills off, my grandkids college and the rest of it'd just be for me.”
So, where does all the lottery revenue go?
Wichita State economic development director Jeremy Hill says that extra money funds a lot of state programs.
"If we looked at how many people there are in Kansas versus how much went to it in 2017, that's generating almost $26 per person of services we're now benefitting that it creates, so if we got rid of the lottery and we wanted the exact same state services we had before, we'd have to tax every single person, even kids at almost $26."
The money the state makes off ticket sales is divided on this chart, with most of it going toward economic development.
The millions brought in by ticket sales will also go towards funding juvenile detention centers, correctional facilities and more.