The only thing keeping up with Friday's world record breaking Mega Millions jackpot is the number of people hoping to cash in on it.
By 9 a.m. Friday, manager Ovais Baloch said customers had already purhased 191 Mega Millions tickets in hopes of winning the estimated $540 million jackpot.
"150 tickets is a normal day," said Baloch. On Thursday, the store sold 1,072 tickets.
"Every single store in Connecticut is breaking records. We're not going to close until they do the drawing," Baloch added.
The Mega Millions drawing is at 11 p.m., two hours after the store's regular closing hours. According to the Connecticut Lottery, stores must stop sales of the lottery tickets by 10:45 p.m.
If one ticket matches all six numbers for the half-billion dollar mega-jackpot, the winner would have the choice of receiving the full jackpot in 26 annual payments of about $20.7 million, or a cash option of approximately $389.8 million.
"It'll probably go up by the end of the night with all of the people buying tickets," said Joel, a cashier at the store.