SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Kevin Portella of Eastchester is not a mega-lottery player, but he did make sure that this week, he was a Mega Millions player.
"I have one subscription for Lotto," Portella said Friday afternoon outside Muller's Deli on Garth Road, where he had just bought his tickets, along with a couple for the people in the restaurant next door. "I buy one of each: Sweet Millions – although I was unhappy when those went up to $2 – Lotto, Mega Millions."
Portella said that this time, he bought "a bunch of quick picks."
Another Muller's customer, one of a steady stream Friday afternoon, had his numbers already filled in when he arrived, then ordered $10 in quick picks. "If I don't win I'm going to stick my head in the oven," he said.
Mega Millions was on many minds Friday as the jackpot jumped to a record $640 million. The old record was $390 million set in 2007.
Odds of winning are not good – a one in 176 million chance. Still, players filed into stores to buy their tickets to what they hope will be a rosier future.
Tonight's numbers will be drawn at 11 p.m.