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Hopeful Mega Millions jackpot winners flood local convenience stores
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Hopeful Mega Millions jackpot winners flood local convenience stores

Hopeful Mega Millions jackpot winners flood local convenience stores

Hopeful Mega Millions jackpot winners flood local convenience stores

It's not all fun when the games get this big.

As the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are now worth more than $2 billion combined, some convenience stores are seeing long lines of hopeful winners coming to buy lottery tickets. At QuikTrip, the frenzy means long hours for employees. 

"What we've learned is when you get massive lines like this, our people get worn out," QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh tells WSB. "You know, the monotony of just pushing a button over and over and over again. "So we spend a lot of time trying to relieve people because believe it or not, it's hard on your back, and it's really hard on your index finger!" 

Thornbrugh says for the most part, stores have only one lottery machine, so the lines for tickets are handled by only one worker at at a time. The stores have to increase the frequency of breaks, and also bring in extra staffers to help. 

"It's just been constant, 24 hours a day selling these tickets," he says. 

Even though the crowds are large, it doesn't necessarily translate to big business for the stores, Thornbrugh reveals. 

"The downside of it is when you get jackpots this high, the discretionary money that somebody would spend maybe on a hot dog, a sandwich, or a fountain drink, that money's really being used for the lottery ticket. So the other inside sales, they suffer a little bit on this," he says. 

Thornbrugh says while QuikTrip is happy to help, they can see their personnel getting tired. 

"We want somebody to win," he laughs. 

He also says he just might buy a lottery ticket himself--provided the lines are not too long.

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