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Northstaters hoping to score the Mega Millions jackpot

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RED BLUFF, Calif. - The Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday's drawing was up to $361 million. 

That may seem like a huge amount of money, but the eye-popping numbers are more common than they used to be. Mega Millions made a change in October, giving you more numbers to choose from and making it harder to hit the jackpot.

No one guessed the winning numbers for the final drawing in December, which pushed the jackpot for January 2 much higher at $361 million. 

Romi Singh is the owner of The Red Bluff Food Mart at 15 Antelope Blvd, Red Bluff. While helping a countless number of customers today he said the game of lottery is about believing good things are possible. With the new year just rolling in, customers agreed. 

"You don't have to be a gambler. It's just a part of imagination you know, and it's luck, it's not like I know the numbers or anything just luck. In this kind of time, why not. Imagine if it happened," Singh explained. 

Last week The Red Bluff Market had a $1,000 winning scratcher but the person who bought it accidentally threw it in the trash. Singh urged customers to be careful and said they can bring their tickets in to have them scanned in order to make sure people aren't loosing out on any money. 

An annual $1 billion contribution is divided between every public K-12, California Community Colleges, University of California, California State and several specialty campuses. 

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