Piedmont prepares for Mega Millions mania

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Store clerks are prepared for long lines and exchanging lots of cash for Mega Millions lottery tickets Friday as people try their chance at more than $540 million.

North Carolina Education Lottery spokesman Van Denton said $17.2 million worth of Mega Millions tickets were sold in our state as of Tuesday night.

"We sold almost $8,000 in lottery tickets in one day alone," said M.S. Bari, owner of Busy Bee convenience store in High Point. On a typical day, Bari said his store sells around $1,000 in lottery tickets.

Friday night's drawing will be the largest jackpot in world history.

"You can't win if you don't play," said one Busy Bee customer.

North Carolina will see a cut of the ticket sales in tax revenue and education benefits. Right now, it's estimated $6.5 million will go to fund education.

If someone in North Carolina's ticket matches the Mega Millions winning numbers Friday night, the state is set to get 7 percent of the winnings in tax revenue.