Treasure Valley residents have mega dreams for tonight

Treasure Valley residents have mega dreams for tonight »Play Video

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Lottery dreamers in the Treasure Valley and across the country are rushing to buy their tickets for the Mega Millions jackpot before the drawing at 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

The jackpot sits at $636 million, which is just $20 million short of the record.

In just five hours of being open, "On the Fly" gas station in Boise sold more than 230 tickets.

"I don't necessarily think I'm going to win, but I hope and dream I'm going to win I guess," Noah Dotson said.

Dotson and other lottery ticket buyers said they knew the odds were slim, but couldn't help but hope to win big.

"You might as well give it a shot," Patrick Irving said. "It's a dollar for a daydream if you know what I mean. That's what I like to say."

Tuesday's drawing breaks one record. That's for the longest period of time since a winning ticket has been drawn. The jackpot rolled over 21 times since Oct. 4 with no winner.

The largest jackpot ever won was in 2012, when three people split $656 million. And the biggest winning ticket sold in Idaho, according to the Mega Millions website, was worth $380 million and was split between another winner in Washington.