2 LIers take home 2nd place as Mega Millions soars to $500M

BELLMORE - There was no Mega Millions winner in last night's drawing, which now makes it the highest jackpot ever standing at $500 million.

However, two Long Islanders walked away with second-place tickets worth $250,000 each.

One of the lucky tickets was sold at the 7-Eleven on Merrick Road in Bellmore, while the other was purchased at Maulik and Chandni's Stationary Store in Lindenhurst, which is the same place where in June 2011, a group of Costco workers bought a winning $201 million Powerball ticket.

While the odds of taking home the record-breaking jackpot are 176 million-to-1, many Long Islanders are eager to try their luck. Rosalie Aresco, of Wantagh, says she bought five tickets instead of her usual two in hopes of improving her chances.

The next Mega Millions jackpot drawing will be held at 11 p.m. Friday. Mega Millions reaches record $476 million jackpot

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