A customer at a convenience store holds her money as she waits to purchase Mega Millions lottery tickets Friday, March 30, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Lottery ticket lines across the U.S. swelled Friday as players drawn by a record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot took a chance at becoming an overnight millionaire. The jackpot odds were at 1 in 176 million. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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published Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
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Every once in a while a lottery jackpot becomes so huge that people can't help but band together in the hope of increasing their odds, pooling their money for a wad of tickets and promising to evenly split the spoils.