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Dec 13, 2013 1:40 PM by Janine Reyes

Mega Millions Mania

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Mega Millions is up to its second largest jackpot in the game's history, and that has many lining up to buy their chance at $425 million.

Tickets were printing non-stop at Pittman's Quickmart today, where Mega Millions Mania is in full swing. Players new and experienced line up for their chance at more than hundreds of millions of dollars.

"Its so big, and it's the first time I ever played it," said Suzie Mesa who bought 5 tickets. The big jackpot is what made her buy in to her chances and if she wins, she may have a hard time trying to spend it all.

"I would like to help the animals and the handicapped," Mesa said, "my daughter is handicapped, so I would like to help the kids who are disabled."

She says she might spend some on herself too. "Maybe a car, well I need a van for my daughter," Mesa said.

Daniel Pulido, on the other hand, plays every week.

"If you buy one, you never know, its up to the man upstairs if you're going to win or not, you know," Pulido said, "it only takes one to win, you know."

If he does have that one, he also plans to give much of it to charity.

"I would give to my favorite, St. Jude is a good non profit organization and Driscoll Hospital for sure, for the kids, the ones who have cancer and whoever else I could help," Pulido said.

While most don't have it all figured out, the more pro players, like Tommy Davis, are already doing some rough accounting.

"I'd go the cash option so that's about $200 million, and then the taxes on it are another $50 million, then spread it around to a few relatives and hide the rest," Davis said.

With a jackpot this high, though, most realize, it's more than they may ever be able to spend.

"I don't need that much, just give me one or two and I'd be happy," said Davis.

Of course, he'll gladly take the $400 million, too.

The drawing is at 9 pm local time.

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