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Bay area shoppers hope to hit Mega Millions jackpot

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Nobody has won the Mega Millions jackpot in 20 draws, but that isn't keeping players from trying.

"I do quick pick. Because the odds of winning. Most winners are quick pick.  80 percent of the winners are quick pick," said Deborah Beal at the Quick stop Food Store on South Westshore in Tampa.

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Perhaps many have visions of Gloria Mackenzie in their head. She's the Zephyrhills woman who won the record $590 million Powerball jackpot.

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But a check of the calendar could bring them down to earth.  After all, it is Friday the 13th.

"I know. Not too into superstition and all that good stuff though ... I'm gonna win," said David President after buying his Mega Millions tickets. 

Winning the lottery wasn't lucky for Abraham Shakespeare in 2009.   Who can forget Dee Dee Moore, who hatched an elaborate plot kill him and grab his $30 million?

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In 2005, deputies arrested two people for killing lottery winner Jeff Dampier of Tampa. He had won a lottery jackpot worth $20 million. 

 The Mega Millions jackpot is now stands at $425 million.

Perhaps where you play increases your odds of wining.

"We cash out a lot of tickets for people. People think they're gonna win here so they come and buy it from us," said store clerk Basim Zayed. 

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