Speech to Text for Mega Millions Climbs to 1.6 Billion Dollars
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because of one. newswatch 12's leah thompson is live in medford at a local gas station. today she spoke to an economist and explains that there are still benefits to loosing. purchasing lottery tickets helps fund public schools, veterans services and even the state parks in oregon even if you loose. but today i asked people what their reaction would be and what they would do if they won. -nat winning tickets- today people were in and out of the shell station in ashland buying lottery tickets. joel lesahy says " because i would rather not continue to work." the jackpot is so big it can't even fit on the screens at gas stations like this one. joel lesahy says "and three separate tickets for the big drawing on tuesday." people like joel have are shelling two to hundred of dollars hoping to get a chance at the money. joel lesahy says "i would be happy." but if you don't win the jackpot those lottery tickets you state parks, watershed enhancement, job creations, public schools, outdoor schools and veterans services. bret anderson says "if one were to spend ten dollars on lottery tickets its definetly not a direct transfer to the winner." but bret anderson a economic professor at southern oregon university says there are other ways besides lotteries to use your cash. bret anderson says" and there's a downside to this too. if lottery revnue are ear marked for education it kind of depends, some states have a history of spending less on education out of their general fund so the lottery revnues off set the general fund spending on education." i asked lottery player joel leashy what the first thing he would buy if he won. "joel thinking" it took him some time to think of something. anything. joel lesahy says "clearly a vacation." the next drawing to win the mega millions is tomorrow at 8pm. tickets can be purchased an hour before the drawing happens. live in medford leah thompson newswatch 12. if you